Author(s): Martin Amis
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Lionel Asbo - a very violent but not very successful criminal - has always looked out for his nephew, Desmond Pepperdine. He gives him fatherly advice (carry a knife) and introduces him to the joys of Internet porn. Des, on the other hand, desires nothing more than books, a girl to love and to steer clear Uncle Liâe(tm)s psychotic pitbulls, Joe and Jeff.
Lionel is going about his morning duties in a London prison when he learns that he has just won Â£139,999,999.50 on the National Lottery. This is not necessarily good news for Des who has a secret that could unleash his uncleâe(tm)s implacable vengeance.
A modern fairytale from one of the world's great writers
"I read the book in a sitting, chortling throughout.with its swaggering prose and undertow of quiet pathos, this book marks a return to something not far short of Amis's best" -- Max Davidson Mail on Sunday "There's something powerful and authentic about "its wrongness, its deafened bad dream feel" -- Theo Tait Guardian "This is classic Amis" -- Alan Taylor Sunday Herald "The novel is something of a joy - and strangely life-affirming.it certainly has much of the dazzling prose that made his earlier works so stand-out. As ever he makes the dreadful funny, the grotesque poetic" -- Carol Midgley The Times "It's a Big Mac made from filet mignon. It is a book of lovehate. It is a powershake. And the biggest joy is that Amis seems to find himself (and finds us, by extension) loving the thing he loathes. It is a great big confidence trick of a novel - an attack that turns into an embrace - a book that looks at us, laughs at us, looks at us harder, closer, and laughs at us harder and still more savagely. It is every inch the novel that we all deserve. So let's give thanks that Martin Amis was bad enough and brave enough to write it" -- Nicola Barker Observer
Martin Amis is the author of twelve previous novels, the memoir Experience, two collections of stories and six collections of non-fiction, most recently The Second Plane. He lives in New York.