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Kingsley Amis - The Old Devils (2nd Hand Hardback)

SKU B001837
  • Format : Standard 2nd Hand Hardback with Dust Jacket
  • Condition : Very Good
  • Category : Fiction - Humorous Fiction
  • Published : 1986 (Hutcheson - 1st Edition - later, probably 4th, reprint)
  • ISBN : 9780091637903
  • SKU : B001837
  • PPC : SP500gm
  • RRP : Clipped
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.

The dust jacket on this reprint has been altered from the first edition to note that the book was winner of the 1986 Booker Prize.

Comic novel about old age and the trouble which such a state brings.

Age has done everything except mellow the characters in Kingsley Amis’s The Old Devils, which turns its humane and ironic gaze on a group of Welsh married couples who have been spending their golden years - when “all of a sudden, the evening starts straight after breakfast” - nattering, complaining, reminiscing, and, above all, drinking.

This more or less orderly social world is thrown off-kilter, however, when two old friends unexpectedly return from England: Alun Weaver, now a celebrated man of Welsh letters, and his entrancing wife, Rhiannon. Long-dormant rivalries and romances are rudely awakened, as life at the Bible and Crown, the local pub, is changed irrevocably.

Considered by Martin Amis to be Kingsley Amis’s greatest achievement - a book that “stands comparison with any English novel of the 20th century”.

The Old Devils confronts the attrition of ageing with rare candor, sympathy, and moral intelligence.


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