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01You Ask The Questions20171002

Martin Amis on father Kingsley, his early film acting, smoking roll-ups and other things.

Martin Amis is one of the most celebrated authors of modern times. A new collection rounds up his non-fiction pieces from 1986 to 2016, and this week five compelling topics are aired.

Some time back one of our national newspapers held a Q&A on the page with the author. Questions ranged from the serious to the odd, including views on father Kingsley, the hassle of smoking roll-ups, his child acting days and.. 'what question have you never been asked?'

Questioners Sarah Ridgeway, Tom Forrester, and Charlie Clements.

Reader Bill Nighy

Producer Duncan Minshull.

02On The Road20171003

Martin Amis recalls a publicity tour of the US, where he is 'OJ'ed'.

Martin Amis is one of the most celebrated authors of modern times. A new collection rounds up his non-fiction pieces from 1986 to 2016, and this week five compelling topics are aired.

Like many major writers, he has experienced the highs and lows of the mega author tour. Travelling across America these experiences are even more comic and strange. Praised by readers, heckled by fellow authors, bumping into Jack Nicholson, it's never a dull moment as a 'hireling of my own novel'.

Reader Bill Nighy

Producer Duncan Minshull.

03Iris Murdoch: Age Will Win20171004

Author Martin Amis muses on the life and work of acclaimed novelist Iris Murdoch.

Martin Amis is one of the most celebrated authors of modern times. A new collection rounds up his non-fiction pieces from 1986 to 2016, and this week five compelling topics are aired.

A feature film based on Iris Murdoch (with Kate Winslet and Judi Dench portraying her through the years), gives him chance to muse on the life and work of this acclaimed novelist. A unique and profound voice, movingly married to John Bayley, he describes her portrayal on celluloid, her eccentric domesticity, and her later descent as Alzheimer's takes hold.

Reader Bill Nighy

Producer Duncan Minshull.

0420171005

In two pieces about the late JG Ballard, Amis describes his friend as a kindly, genial man

Martin Amis is one of the most celebrated of modern-day authors. A new collection rounds up his non-fiction pieces from 1986 to 2016, and this week five compelling topics are aired.

He was a friend of the renowned SF writer JG Ballard, apparently you never say 'Sci-Fi' for this genre. Anyway, Ballard wrote vivid works such as The Drowned World, High Rise, Cocaine Nights, which Amis now toasts. And despite the unsettling and dystopian worlds evoked, full of menace and breakdown, he recalls a genial and welcoming man, as well as a great father to three children after his wife dies.

Reader Bill Nighy

Producer Duncan Minshull.

05Tennis20171006

The author recalls some great hitters during his tennis-playing days.

Martin Amis is one of the most celebrated authors of modern times. A new collection rounds up his non-fiction pieces from 1986 to 2016, and this week five compelling topics are aired.

TENNIS.. the author has always been drawn to the game: as a player and it also appears in his fiction and journalism. In two accounts he first speculates on the 'tennis monster' - a body and mind made up of the greatest competitors. Then comes the moment he has to give up 'the beautiful game'.

Reader Bill Nighy

Producer Duncan Minshull.