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Stanley and the Women

First edition of Kingsley Amis's Stanley and the Women

Kingsley Amis
First edition. 8vo. 256pp. Red cloth boards, lettered in silver to spine. Jacket illustration by Alistair Taylor (priced £8.95 on front flap).
Spine ends bruised with boards partially detached in a couple of places but still holding, centre of lower board somewhat dented at base; contents clean and sound. Author ephemera laid in.
A savage comedy about a man confronting his son's mental illness whilst detecting all-round conspiracies hatched against him by women, past and present in his life. Stanley comes to think that insanity might be a condition inherent 'in the female of the species'. Amis's son, Martin, called the book "a mean little novel in every sense, sour, spare, and viciously well-organized," although Anthony Burgess labelled it "Amis at his best." Adapted by Nigel Kneale as a four-part ITV mini-series in 1991, with John Thaw in the title role.
edition
first edition
format
hardback
publisher
Hutchinson
published in
London
publication year
1984
ISBN
0091562406
pagination
256 pages
width × height
14.5 × 22.5 cm
genre
literary fiction
language
English
binding style
cloth
binding state
original binding, joints cracked
condition  . . .
fair
of jacket
good
GBP£ 5
EUR€ 5.90
USD$ 6.70
ref.4LQ 7R2