Author Martin Amis dies aged 73

Broadcaster Rev Richard Coles tweeted: “So sorry to hear that Martin Amis has died. I don’t think there’s a better ’80s novel than Money but I absolutely adored his essays.”

Novelist Jonathan Coe said he met Amis on a few occasions, recalling: “I was the younger writer, much less well-known.

“He was very kind, very generous, and brilliant company. Now gone much too soon. RIP.”

Professor Brian Cox also paid tribute by resharing a paragraph of Amis’ writing, while crime writer Ian Rankin revealed that his favourite book by the late author was Money.

His friend Zachary Leader, a literary critic, said Mr Amis was “charming and very generous” but “much bothered by his success”.

“I mean, his life was a series of invitations, many of which he turned down, and not all of which he turned down with the kind of good grace he would show to his friends. He wasn’t curmudgeonly with the people he liked, I think he tried his best,” Mr Leader told the BBC.

‘I tried to create a high style to describe low things’

In an interview with The New York Times Book Review in 1985, Mr Amis described his work: “What I’ve tried to do is to create a high style to describe low things: the whole world of fast food, sex shows, nude mags. 

“I’m often accused of concentrating on the pungent, rebarbative side of life in my books, but I feel I’m rather sentimental about it. Anyone who reads the tabloid papers will rub up against much greater horrors than I describe.”

Mr Amis read English at Exeter College at Oxford and graduated with honours in 1971.

He went on to hold a series of journalistic and literary jobs in London before becoming an editorial assistant at The Times Literary Supplement in 1972.

Two years later he went on to take the role of fiction and poetry editor.

He then went on to join the editorial staff of The New Statesman magazine during 1975 and became its literary editor at the age of 27. Amis was appointed as a professor of creative writing at the University of Manchester in 2007, before stepping down in 2011.

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