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The Old Devils is a novel by Kingsley Amis, first published in 1986. The novel won the Booker Prize. It was adapted for television by Andrew Davies for the BBC in 1992, starring John Stride, Bernard Hepton, James Grout and Ray Smith (it was the latter's last screen appearance before his death). The Old Devils is considered to be Amis's masterpiece by his son, Martin Amis, who wrote in his memoir, "it stands comparison with any English novel of the century."

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  • The Old Devils is a novel by Kingsley Amis, first published in 1986. The novel won the Booker Prize. It was adapted for television by Andrew Davies for the BBC in 1992, starring John Stride, Bernard Hepton, James Grout and Ray Smith (it was the latter's last screen appearance before his death). The Old Devils is considered to be Amis's masterpiece by his son, Martin Amis, who wrote in his memoir, "it stands comparison with any English novel of the century."
  • The Old Devils is a novel by Kingsley Amis, first published in 1986. The novel won the Booker Prize. The plot centres around Alun Weaver, a writer of modest celebrity, who returns to his native Wales with his wife, Rhiannon, sometime girlfriend of Weaver's old acquaintance Peter Thomas. Alun begins associating with a group of former friends, including Peter, all of whom have continued to live locally while he was away. While drinking in the house of another acquaintance, Alun drops dead, leaving the rest of the group to pick up the pieces of their brief reunion.
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  • The Old Devils is a novel by Kingsley Amis, first published in 1986. The novel won the Booker Prize. It was adapted for television by Andrew Davies for the BBC in 1992, starring John Stride, Bernard Hepton, James Grout and Ray Smith (it was the latter's last screen appearance before his death). Alun Weaver, a writer of modest celebrity, returns to his native Wales with his wife, Rhiannon, sometime girlfriend of Weaver's old acquaintance Peter Thomas. Alun begins associating with a group of former friends, including Peter, all of whom have continued to live locally while he was away. While drinking in the house of another acquaintance, Alun drops dead, leaving the rest of the group to pick up the pieces of their brief reunion. The Old Devils is considered to be Amis's masterpiece by his son, Martin Amis, who wrote in his memoir, "it stands comparison with any English novel of the century."
  • The Old Devils is a novel by Kingsley Amis, first published in 1986. The novel won the Booker Prize. The plot centres around Alun Weaver, a writer of modest celebrity, who returns to his native Wales with his wife, Rhiannon, sometime girlfriend of Weaver's old acquaintance Peter Thomas. Alun begins associating with a group of former friends, including Peter, all of whom have continued to live locally while he was away. While drinking in the house of another acquaintance, Alun drops dead, leaving the rest of the group to pick up the pieces of their brief reunion.
  • The Old Devils is a novel by Kingsley Amis, first published in 1986. The novel won the Booker Prize. The plot centres around Alun Weaver, a writer of modest celebrity, who returns to his native Wales with his wife, Rhiannon, sometime girlfriend of Weaver's old acquaintance Peter Thomas. Alun begins associating with a group of former friends, including Peter, all of whom have continued to live locally while he was away. While drinking in the house of another acquaintance, Alun drops dead, leaving the rest of the group to pick up the pieces of their brief reunion. As with many of his novels, Amis based characters and portions of the plot on real-life figures and experiences. According to his Memoirs, published in 1990, Alun's sudden death was based that of a relative, who in Amis's youth had collapsed and died at a baseball game of a 'nervous heart'. So too is the figure of Brydan a thinly-disguised parody of Dylan Thomas, whom Amis had once met. Amis had a low opinion of Thomas, describing him as a "pernicious figure, one who has helped to get Wales and Welsh poetry a bad name and generally done lasting harm to both... the general picture he draws [in his work] of the place and the people is false, sentimentalising, melodramatising, sensationalising, and ingratiating. The novel incorporates this theme of perceptions of Wales in history and culture. It also touches on the subjects of old age, alcoholism, marital unhappiness, and unrequited love.
  • The Old Devils is a novel by Kingsley Amis, first published in 1986. The novel won the Booker Prize. The plot centres around Alun Weaver, a writer of modest celebrity, who returns to his native Wales with his wife, Rhiannon, sometime girlfriend of Weaver's old acquaintance Peter Thomas. Alun begins associating with a group of former friends, including Peter, all of whom have continued to live locally while he was away. While drinking in the house of another acquaintance, Alun drops dead, leaving the rest of the group to pick up the pieces of their brief reunion. As with many of his novels, Amis based characters and portions of the plot on real-life figures and experiences. According to his Memoirs, published in 1990, Alun's sudden death was based on that of a relative, who in Amis's youth had collapsed and died at a baseball game of a 'nervous heart'. So too is the figure of Brydan a thinly-disguised parody of Dylan Thomas, whom Amis had once met. Amis had a low opinion of Thomas, describing him as a "pernicious figure, one who has helped to get Wales and Welsh poetry a bad name and generally done lasting harm to both... the general picture he draws [in his work] of the place and the people is false, sentimentalising, melodramatising, sensationalising, and ingratiating. The novel incorporates this theme of perceptions of Wales in history and culture. It also touches on the subjects of old age, alcoholism, marital unhappiness, and unrequited love.
  • The Old Devils is a novel by Kingsley Amis, first published in 1986. The novel won the Booker Prize. The plot centres around Alun Weaver, a writer of modest celebrity, who returns to his native Wales with his wife, Rhiannon, sometime girlfriend of Weaver's old acquaintance Peter Thomas. Alun begins associating with a group of former friends, including Peter, all of whom have continued to live locally while he was away. While drinking in the house of another acquaintance, Alun drops dead, leaving the rest of the group to pick up the pieces of their brief reunion. As with many of his novels, Amis based characters and portions of the plot on real-life figures and experiences. According to his Memoirs, published in 1990, Alun's sudden death was based on that of a relative, who in Amis's youth had collapsed and died at a baseball game of a 'nervous heart'. So too is the figure of Brydan a thinly-disguised parody of Dylan Thomas, whom Amis had once met. Amis had a low opinion of Thomas, describing him as a "pernicious figure, one who has helped to get Wales and Welsh poetry a bad name and generally done lasting harm to both... the general picture he draws of the place and the people [in his work] is false, sentimentalising, melodramatising, sensationalising, and ingratiating. The novel incorporates this theme of perceptions of Wales in history and culture. It also touches on the subjects of old age, alcoholism, marital unhappiness, and unrequited love.
  • The Old Devils is a novel by Kingsley Amis, first published in 1986. The novel won the Booker Prize. The plot centres around Alun Weaver, a writer of modest celebrity, who returns to his native Wales with his wife, Rhiannon, sometime girlfriend of Weaver's old acquaintance Peter Thomas. Alun begins associating with a group of former friends, including Peter, all of whom have continued to live locally while he was away. While drinking in the house of another acquaintance, Alun drops dead, leaving the rest of the group to pick up the pieces of their brief reunion. As with many of his novels, Amis based characters and portions of the plot on real-life figures and experiences. According to his Memoirs, published in 1991, Alun's sudden death was based on that of a relative, who in Amis's youth had collapsed and died at a baseball game of a 'nervous heart'. So too is the figure of Brydan a thinly-disguised parody of Dylan Thomas, whom Amis had once met. Amis had a low opinion of Thomas, describing him as a "pernicious figure, one who has helped to get Wales and Welsh poetry a bad name and generally done lasting harm to both... the general picture he draws of the place and the people [in his work] is false, sentimentalising, melodramatising, sensationalising, and ingratiating. The novel incorporates this theme of perceptions of Wales in history and culture. It also touches on the subjects of old age, alcoholism, marital unhappiness, and unrequited love.
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