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The Booker Prize 1986

The Booker Prize 1986

The Winner

The Old Devils

By Kingsley Amis

Published by Hutchinson

Do people ever really grow up? These old devils are just as they have always been, but trapped in a slowly aging body. It’s like living in a house that needs repair, but the repairman never comes. When Alun Weaver and his wife, Rhiannon, a famous beauty in her day, move into a quiet retirement community, they find it peopled by friends from former days. Suddenly all the ambitions and energies, overgrown like weeds with years, burst out afresh.


The Shortlist

The 1986 Judges

Anthony Thwaite (Chair)

Edna Healey

Isabel Quigley

Gillian Reynolds

Bernice Rubens