First US edition. 8vo. Pp. [x], 374. Laminated pictorial paper boards, lettered in black to spine; black endpapers. Deckled fore-edges. In matching slipcase, designed by Chip Kidd. As issued, without dustjacket.
No. 18 of a numbered, signed edition, limited to 100 copies, with an additional lettered issue of 26 copies reserved for private distribution.
A New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 1995 Selection. Third in the author's trilogy of London novels, preceded by Money (1984) and London Fields (1989). A pitch-black comedy about a failed novelist plotting sweet revenge on his erstwhile friend and fellow scribe, whose literary and commercial success sticks in his craw.
Amis received unprecedented flak by his peers and press over his rumoured £500k advance for this book, in the wake of him dropping his decades-long literary agent, Pat Kavanagh, in favour of Andrew Wylie (AKA 'The Jackal'). The resulting rift with her since-widowed husband and former close friend, author Julian Barnes, has yet to heal. "A funny, vicious portrait of literary London." –Evening Standard