Martin Amis at sixty

Next month sees the release of The Pregnant Widow, Martin Amis’s 12th novel. Like heavy snowfall, the publication of a new Amis novel has become a kind of established media ritual.

Everyone knows the rules of the game: the writer will argue that his work holds a mirror up to the culture, while the culture responds by inviting the writer to take a look in the mirror. But over the years, this exchange has slowly evolved into something less reflexive and perhaps a little more reflective.

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