Veteran author Martin Amis’s next novel will detail his life story, publishers reveal
- Martin Amis, 70, will draw on his friendships with literary contemporaries
- Autobiographical novel is inspired by death of friend Christopher Hitchens
- Amis revealed he was working on his ‘most intimate and epic’ novel in 2016
Martin Amis is to tell his life story in his 15th novel – his ‘most intimate and epic work’ yet.
The 70-year-old author will also draw on his friendships with literary contemporaries and idols such as Saul Bellow, Philip Larkin and Iris Murdoch.
The autobiographical novel, Inside Story, is inspired by the death of Amis’s friend Christopher Hitchens, who will appear as a character.
Martin Amis (pictured) is to tell his life story in his 15th novel – his ‘most intimate and epic work’ yet
‘This extraordinary novel gives the reader the heart-to-heart testimony of one of our finest writers,’ said Michal Shavit of Jonathan Cape.
‘We are incredibly proud to be publishing this book.’
Amis, whose best-known works are Money and London Fields, revealed he was working on the novel in 2016.
He told friends: ‘Larkin died in 1985, Bellow died in 2005 and Hitch died in 2011, and that gives me a theme – death – and a bit more freedom, and fiction is freedom.’ Publication is in September.