‘Why aren’t you out smashing windows? It’s not healthy’ Lionel Asbo - a very violent but not very successful criminal - has always looked out for his nephew, Desmond Pepperdine. He gives him fatherly advice (carry a knife) and introduces him to the joys of Internet porn. Des, on the other hand, desires nothing more than books, a girl to love and to steer clear Uncle Li’s psychotic pitbulls, Joe and Jeff.
Lionel 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 Des who has a secret that could unleash his uncle’s implacable vengeance.
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Terrific... Both funny and serious, and (as always wth Amis) very very on-the-money' - Richard Ford
This is classic Amis - Sunday Herald
The novel is something of a joy...he makes the dreadful funny, the grotesque poetic - The Times
It's a Big Mac made from filet mignon… It is a book of lovehate. It is a powershake... 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. - Observer
The broadest comedy he has ever published… Lionel is a fantastic brute… I laughed a lot. Amis’s delight in the incorrigible is genuinely Dickensian… This is a verbally inventive comedy…to be enjoyed in the same spirit as Little Britain… It’s a hoot - Evening Standard
I read the book in a sitting, chortling throughout…with its swaggering prose and undertow of quiet pathos, this book marks a return to something not far short of Amis’s best - Mail on Sunday
He remains one of the most interesting authors we have, not least for continually engaging with those areas in the life of a nation which journalists and politicians tip-toe around - Independent on Sunday
It had me roaring with laughter - Independent
Being an Amis novel it’s not without the odd good joke, and he is, of course, incapable of writing and inelegant line. It’s almost as if he alone can sense both the golden ratio of a sentence, and its perfect rhythm: it’s like he’s Michelangelo and Keith Moon - Sunday Telegraph
Full of hilarious set-pieces, wisecracks and wordplay. - Daily Express
Smart, with plenty of lovable lowlifes, and biting satire - Sun
Amis proves he's as combative and as vicious as ever, skewering the noughties as cruelly, as inventively and with as much screwy black comedy as he did in Money did the Eighties -
This is Amis’ most enjoyable book for years - Mail on Sunday
Powerful and authentic - Guardian
Thronged with well-drawn caricatures, this is more of an entertaining farce than a ‘state of England’ satire - Financial Times