Complete Stories
Kingsley Amis

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Narrated By: John Sackville

Duration: 18 hours and 43 minutes

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The short stories of Kingsley Amis - the great master of post-war comic prose - are dark, playful, moving, surprising and extremely funny. This definitive collection gathers all Amis's short fiction in a single volume for the first time and encompasses five decades of storytelling. In 'The 2003 Claret', written in 1958, a time machine is invented for the weighty task of sending a man to 2010 to discover what the booze will taste like. In 'Boris and the Colonel' a Cambridge spy is unearthed in the sleepy English countryside with the help of a plucky horse, while In 'Mason's Life' two men meet inside their respective dreams. The collection spans many genres, offering ingenious alternative histories, mystery and horror, satirical reflections and a devilishly funny attacks. Amis's stories reveal the scope of his imagination and the warmth beneath his acerbic humour, and they all share the unmistakable style and wit of one of Britain's best loved writers.

© Kingsley Amis 2011 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

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Modern and contemporary fiction, Short stories

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A key figure in postwar British culture, whose importance and influence cannot be measured ... distinctive and original

David Lodge

A ceaselessly fresh and adorable body of work ... exasperation made poetry

Julie Burchill

'Among the English comic masters of the twentieth century'

Guardian

Kingsley Amis was a big, humane novelist, interested in all manner of people very unlike himself