Of all the great novelists writing today, none exhibits the same gift as Martin Amis for writing non-fiction, be it his essays, literary criticism and journalism all are justly acclaimed.
‘Amis is as talented a journalist as he is a novelist, but these essays all manifest an unusual extra quality, one that is not unlike friendship. He makes an effort; he makes readers feel that they are the only person there’ -Rachel Cusk wrote in the The Times
The essays in ‘The Rub of Time’ range from superb critical pieces on Nabokov, Bellow and Larkin to brilliantly funny ruminations on sport, Las Vegas, John Travolta and the pornography industry. It even include essay on Princess Diana and a tribute to his great friend Christopher Hitchens but essays on politics catch centre.
One of the very few consolations of Donald Trump’s rise to power is that Martin Amis is there to write about him.
Martin Louis Amis (born 25 August 1949) is an English novelist. His best-known novels are Money (1984) and London Fields (1989). He has received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his memoir Experience and has been listed for the Booker Prize twice to date (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 50 greatest British writers since 1945.