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)Description / Buy at
That Uncertain Feeling (1955)Description / Buy at
I Like it Here (1958)Description / Buy at
Lucky Jim's Politics. (1968)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Patrick Standish and Jenny Bunn Books

Take a Girl Like You (1960)Description / Buy at
Difficulties with Girls (1988)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Spectrum Books

(with Robert Conquest)

Spectrum I (With: Robert Conquest) (1961)Description / Buy at
Spectrum II (With: Robert Conquest) (1962)Description / Buy at
Spectrum III (With: Robert Conquest) (1963)Description / Buy at
Spectrum IV (With: John Wyndham,Cordwainer Smith,Robert Conquest) (1965)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of James Bond (Extended) Books

Colonel Sun (1968)Description / Buy at
License Renewed (By: John Gardner) (1981)Description / Buy at
For Special Services (By: John Gardner) (1982)Description / Buy at
Icebreaker (By: John Gardner) (1983)Description / Buy at
Role of Honor (By: John Gardner) (1984)Description / Buy at
Nobody Lives Forever (By: John Gardner) (1986)Description / Buy at
No Deals, Mr. Bond (By: John Gardner) (1987)Description / Buy at
Scorpius (By: John Gardner) (1988)Description / Buy at
Licence to Kill (By: John Gardner) (1989)Description / Buy at
Win, Lose or Die (By: John Gardner) (1989)Description / Buy at
Brokenclaw (By: John Gardner) (1990)Description / Buy at
The Man from Barbarossa (By: John Gardner) (1991)Description / Buy at
Death Is Forever (By: John Gardner) (1992)Description / Buy at
Never Send Flowers (By: John Gardner) (1993)Description / Buy at
SeaFire (By: John Gardner) (1994)Description / Buy at
GoldenEye (By: John Gardner) (1995)Description / Buy at
Cold Fall (By: John Gardner) (1996)Description / Buy at
Zero Minus Ten (By: Raymond Benson) (1997)Description / Buy at
Tomorrow Never Dies (By: Raymond Benson) (1997)Description / Buy at
The Facts of Death (By: Raymond Benson) (1998)Description / Buy at
The World is Not Enough (By: Raymond Benson) (1999)Description / Buy at
High Time to Kill (By: Raymond Benson) (1999)Description / Buy at
Doubleshot (By: Raymond Benson) (2000)Description / Buy at
Never Dream of Dying (By: Raymond Benson) (2001)Description / Buy at
The Man With the Red Tattoo (By: Raymond Benson) (2002)Description / Buy at
Die Another Day (By: Raymond Benson) (2002)Description / Buy at
Devil May Care (By: Sebastian Faulks) (2008)Description / Buy at
Carte Blanche (By: Jeffery Deaver) (2011)Description / Buy at
Solo (By: William Boyd) (2013)Description / Buy at
Trigger Mortis (By: Anthony Horowitz) (2015)Description / Buy at
Forever and a Day (By: Anthony Horowitz) (2018)Description / Buy at
With a Mind to Kill (By: Anthony Horowitz) (2022)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

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

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Bright November (1947)Description / Buy at
A Frame of Mind (1953)Description / Buy at
A Case of Samples (1956)Description / Buy at
A Look Around the Estate (1967)Description / Buy at
Collected Poems, 1944-1979 (1979)Description / Buy at
Collected Short Stories (1980)Description / Buy at
The Pleasure of Poetry (1990)Description / Buy at
Mr. Barrett's Secret and Other Stories (1993)Description / Buy at
Complete Stories (2011)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

New Maps of Hell (1960)Description / Buy at
The James Bond Dossier (1965)Description / Buy at
What Became of Jane Austen? (1970)Description / Buy at
Tennyson (By: Alfred Tennyson) (1972)Description / Buy at
On Drink (1972)Description / Buy at
Rudyard Kipling and His World (1975)Description / Buy at
Harold's Years (1977)Description / Buy at
An Arts Policy? (1979)Description / Buy at
Everyday Drinking (1983)Description / Buy at
How's Your Glass? (1984)Description / Buy at
The Great British Songbook (1986)Description / Buy at
The Amis Collection (1990)Description / Buy at
Memoirs (1991)Description / Buy at
Kingsley Amis in Life and Letters (1991)Description / Buy at
You Can't Do Both (1994)Description / Buy at
The King's English (1996)Description / Buy at
The Letters of Kingsley Amis (2000)Description / Buy at
Conversations with Kingsley Amis (2009)Description / Buy at
Raising a Smile (2019)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Faber Popular Reciter(1921)Description / Buy at
Writing in America(1962)Description / Buy at
Five-Odd / Possible Tomorrows(1964)Description / Buy at
Spectrum IV(1965)Description / Buy at
The Best of British SF 2(1977)Description / Buy at
The New Oxford Book of Light Verse(1978)Description / Buy at
Right Turn: Eight Men Who Changed Their Minds(1978)Description / Buy at
Best for Winter(1979)Description / Buy at
The Golden Age of Science Fiction(1981)Description / Buy at
The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories(1987)Description / Buy at
The Amis Anthology(1988)Description / Buy at
The Little Book of Horrors: Tiny Tales of Terror(1992)Description / Buy at
The Amis Story Anthology(1992)Description / Buy at
The Young Oxford Book of Nightmares(2000)Description / Buy at

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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