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Lionel Asbo: State of England - Martin Amis

Lionel Asbo: State of England - Martin Amis

Title: Lionel Asbo

Author:  Martin Amis

ISBN:  9780224096201

Weight:  951 g

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Lionel Asbo by Martin Amis

Lionel Asbo – a very violent but not very successful young criminal – is going about his morning duties in a London prison when he learns that he has just won £139,999,999.50 on the National Lottery.  This is not necessarily good news for his ward and nephew, the orphaned Des Pepperdine, who still has reason to fear his uncle’s implacable vengeance.

Savage, funny, and mysteriously poignant, Lionel Asbo is a modern fairy tale from one of the world’s great writers.

Peer & Press Reviews

Breathtaking…  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.


Shockingly, savagely funny…  Martin Amis represents the best of contemporary British literature – serious, hilarious, unsettling and provocative.

Huffington Post

Crackles with brilliant prose and scathing satire…  He riffs like a jazz master, in and out of vernacular, with brief gusts of description, all driven by a tight bass line of suspense.

Publishers Weekly

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Lionel Asbo
Subtitle State of England
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher Vintage Publishing
Imprint Jonathan Cape
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13 9780224096201
ISBN 10 0224096206
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 276
Size (h x w x d) 241x 161 x 28mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Tom Craig at Bill Charles Agency
Jacket illustration David Hughes

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