This dark, funny and relentlessly paced Martin Amis novel explores contemporary culture through a gallery of unique - and often unlovely - characters.

When Xan Meo is assaulted in the garden of a London pub, he suffers both head injury, and personality change. The familial paragon becomes an anti-husband, an anti-father. He submits to an alien moral system - one among many to be found in these pages. Welcome to their inverted worlds: the ‘yellow’ journalist, Clint Smoker; the high priest of hardmen, Joseph Andrews; the porno tycoon, Cora Susan; and Royce Traynor, the vengeful corpse determined, even in death, to destroy his spouse.

Longlisted
The Man Booker Prize 2003
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Cape
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Martin Amis

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Martin Amis is the author of fourteen novels, two collections of stories and eight works of non-fiction.
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