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country of citizenship: United Kingdom, Wales
languages spoken, written or signed: English
educated at: Exeter College, Westminster School, Bishop Gore, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridgeshire High School for Boys
occupation: novelist, science fiction writer, short story writer, university teacher, memoirist, writer, screenwriter
award received: James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
Martin Louis Amis (born 25 August 1949) is a British novelist, essayist, memoirist, and screenwriter. He is best known for his novels Money (1984) and London Fields (1989). He received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his memoir Experience and has been listed for the Booker Prize twice (shortlisted in 1991 for Time's Arrow and longlisted in 2003 for Yellow Dog). Amis served as the Professor of Creative Writing at the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester until 2011. In 2008, The Times named him one of the fifty greatest British writers since 1945.Amis's work centres on the excesses of "late-capitalist" Western society, whose perceived absurdity he often satirises through grotesque caricature; he has been portrayed as a master of what The New York Times called "the new unpleasantness". Inspired by Saul Bellow and Vladimir Nabokov, as well as by his father Kingsley Amis, Amis himself has influenced many British novelists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, including Will Self and Zadie Smith.
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