Kingsley Amis was a prolific author, poet, and critic who was considered to be one of the finest comic novelist of the twentieth century. The Times listed him ninth in their last of the 50 Greatest British Writers since 1945.

Amis went to the City of London School as well as St. John’s college, Oxford. His study was interrupted by World War II, where he served as a lieutenant in the Royal Corps of Signals. He is best known for his first novel, Lucky Jim, and its classic anti-hero Jim Dixon. Amis died in October of 1995 at the age of 73.

Publication Order of Jim Dixon Books

Lucky Jim (1954)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
That Uncertain Feeling (1955)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
I Like it Here (1958)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lucky Jim's Politics. (1968)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Patrick Standish and Jenny Bunn Books

Take a Girl Like You (1960)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Difficulties with Girls (1988)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

My Enemy's Enemy (1962)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
One Fat Englishman (1963)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Egyptologists (1966)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Anti-Death League (1966)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
I Want It Now (1968)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Green Man (1969)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Girl, 20 (1971)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dear Illusion (1972)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Riverside Villas Murder (1973)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ending Up (1974)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Crime of the Century (1975)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Alteration (1976)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Darkwater Hall Mystery (1978)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Jake's Thing (1978)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Russian Hide-and-Seek (1980)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Stanley and the Women (1984)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Old Devils (1986)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Folks That Live on the Hill (1990)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
We Are All Guilty (1991)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Russian Girl (1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Biographer's Moustache (1995)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Bright November (1947)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Frame of Mind (1953)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Case of Samples (1956)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Look Around the Estate (1967)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Collected Poems, 1944-1979 (1979)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Collected Short Stories (1980)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mr. Barrett's Secret and Other Stories (1993)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Complete Stories (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

New Maps of Hell (1960)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
What Became of Jane Austen? (1970)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tennyson (1972)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
On Drink (1972)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rudyard Kipling and His World (1975)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Harold's Years (1977)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
An Arts Policy? (1979)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Everyday Drinking (1983)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
How's Your Glass? (1984)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Great British Songbook (1986)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Amis Collection (1990)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Memoirs (1991)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Kingsley Amis in Life and Letters (1991)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
You Can't Do Both (1994)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The King's English (1996)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Letters of Kingsley Amis (2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Conversations with Kingsley Amis (2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Raising a Smile (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Spectrum Books

Spectrum I (With: Robert Conquest)(1961)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Spectrum II (With: Robert Conquest)(1962)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Spectrum III (With: Robert Conquest)(1963)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Spectrum IV (With: Robert Conquest)(1965)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

If You Like Kingsley Amis Books, You’ll Love…

The novel that Amis is best known for is Lucky Jim. This book follows Jim Dixon as a hapless medieval professor at a university. His story of trying to hold onto this job that he’s not good at and pursuing the girlfriend of a senior professor’s son make up the plot, but they often take a backseat to the pure humor and crazy situations that Jim puts himself in throughout the novel. Despite being published over sixty years ago, the humor in this remains hilarious and the satire is scathing. Jim is a politically incorrect character and very much of his time.

Another classic Amis novel is Girl, 20. This one sees Amis turn his eye to the flower power era of the 1960s. Sir Roy Vandervane is a composer and conductor, a member of the high society, who falls in love with the 60s: bell bottoms, electric guitars, and protest. Vandervane has a taste for younger women and his target in this one is a highborn hippie named Sylvie who isn’t quite 20. The story is told by Douglas Yandell, a music critic and Roy’s much younger drinking buddy. This book is Amis at his best and most hilarious.

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