Martin Amis Memorial Event Will Be Held in London


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There will be a memorial service held in London next week to celebrate the late novelist and essayist Martin Amis

A special event to celebrate the life and works of the renowned author Martin Amis, who died last May, is scheduled for next month in London. The memorial will take place on June 10 at the historic St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square.

Friends, family, and colleagues of Amis will gather to pay tribute through readings and reflections on his prolific career.

Amis, who passed away last year at the age of 73, is celebrated for his impactful novels such as ‘Money’ (1984) and ‘London Fields’ (1989). His career spanned nearly five decades, marked by a unique narrative style that blended dark humour with sharp social commentary.

Martin Amis gained prominence with his 1984 novel ‘Money,’

His literary achievements also include a Booker Prize shortlist for ‘Time’s Arrow’ (1991) and a James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his memoir ‘Experience’ (2000). His work, including novels, essays, and memoirs, are said to have consistently challenged and captivated readers.

Boyd Tonkin, in his Guardian obituary, described Amis as an author who “delighted, provoked, inspired, and outraged readers,” leaving a lasting mark on the literary world.

Amis’s death from oesophageal cancer in Florida elicited heartfelt tributes from writers and public figures world-wide.

Martin Amis’ ‘Time’s Arrow’ was shortlisted for a Booker Prize.

Novelist Anne Enright said “Amis was a princeling writer, fully serious, always careless, sometimes hurtful.” She then went on to praise him as a “libidinous, propulsive, hilarious” writer who released a “feeling of possibility” in his readers.

Dan Franklin, Amis’s long-time editor, expressed appreciation for the generous reassessments of Amis’s work in the past year, highlighting the acclaim for Jonathan Glazer’s film adaptation of Amis’s novel ‘The Zone of Interest.’

The memorial service will commence at 4:30pm. Free tickets to the public were available, but these have just sold out.

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