Put Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis and Ian McEwan on a stage and expect a night of high art and schoolboy humor, of reading, writing and Christopher Hitchens. The three literary stars, all in their 60s and friends for more than half their lives, appeared together Monday night in New York.
At first glance, the natural reaction to "Martin Amis: The Biography" might be to place a question mark after the title -- but is the very notion of such a biography that risible? After all, Mr. Amis is well into his 60s and this year marks a full four decades since he burst into print and instant fame with his first novel, "The Rachel Papers."
For a man who built his career on word economy, the title is pretty darned long _ The National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
For a man who built his career on word economy, the title is pretty darned long — the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
The London Daily Telegraph recently published an article about how Adrian and Gillian Bayford of Haverhill, Suffolk, winners of $233.7 million in the lottery, "showed the money hasn't gone to their heads" by taking their first overseas family holiday on the cut-rate airline easyJet.
Politics may play no role in British author Martin Amis' novels, but he remains a defiantly political creature whose comments on policy and policymakers over the years occasionally have proved controversial.
Former winner Hilary Mantel made the long list for Britain's prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction announced on Wednesday, while authors from India, Malaysia and South Africa were also nominated.
In the June issue of Vanity Fair, Christopher Hitchens writes about the newest assault by his esophageal cancer: "Most despond-inducing and alarming of all, so far, was the moment when my voice suddenly rose to a childish (or perhaps piglet-like) piping squeak.
Vocal atheist Christopher Hitchens has completed writing his 400-page memoir, "Hitch-22." Mr. Hitchens, a Briton, has gained a name as an outspoken essayist, author and columnist.