Amis and Larkin: Hate in a cold climate

Kingsley Amis’ novel Lucky Jim has its origins in his intense and competitive friendship with Philip Larkin.


Beer Bond?

“you drink it occasionally; In Geneva, a Löwenbräu; in the States, a Miller’s High Life, a couple of Red Stripes in Jamaica and as many as four steins of local brew in Munich if you find yourself with an ex-Luftwafffe pilot. But eschew English beer. It, like cider, belongs in pubs and 007 does not.”

-Kingsley Amis The Book of Bond: Or Every Man His Own 007