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Born in Clapham, south
Amis achieved fame in 1954 with his first novel “Lucky Jim”, published days after his third child, and only daughter, was born at 24 The Grove, which had been purchased through an inheritance received by his wife and to which they had recently moved. The novel was a critical success, satirising the high-brow academic set of a provincial university, and was translated into twenty languages including Polish, Hebrew and Korean. It won him the Somerset Maugham award for fiction, and was made into a 1957 film starring Ian Carmichael. “Lucky Jim”, which is dedicated to Philip Larkin, draws on the author’s experiences and clashes with academia in telling the exploits of a reluctant lecturer at an English university. In the opinion of author Christopher Hitchens, it is the funniest book in the second half of the 20th century.
In 1955 a second novel “That Uncertain Feeling” was published, also set in
Like poet Vernon Watkins, Amis visited the
In 1990 Amis was knighted, but five years later his excessive drinking caught up with him, and he died at St Pancras Hospital in
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