The Biographer’s Moustache

The Biographer’s Moustache

Kingsley Amis

Gordon Scott-Thompson, a struggling hack, gets commissioned to write the biography of veteran novelist, Jimmie Fane. It is a task which proves to be fraught with extraordinary and unforeseen difficulties.

Fane, an unashamed snob, has many pet hates, including younger men with moustaches and trendy pronuncation. Scott-Thompson, however, is extrememly attached to his own moustache and not so particular about his use of language. It doesn’t help matters that Fane’s wife Joanna isn’t yet sure what she feels about coustaches, but has decided views on younger men.

Reviews of The Biographer’s Moustache

    • A good dry romantic comedy with a distinctive Amis wit. The Biographer’s Moustache is light, funny and splendid in its prejudices, and at times touching in its compassion.Malcolm Bradbury, Mail on Sunday
    • The Biographer’s Moustache is rich in shrewd and mischievous social observation. The reader – or this reader, at any rate – shouts with laughter as another pretension is skewered. Amis allows his characters’ graces and strengths to emerge gradually and stealthily; this underlying texture of his writing is part of his greatness as a novelist.Peter Whitebrook, Scotland on Sunday
    • Full of characteristic Amisian qualities: wit, pace, linguistic dexterity, character, thoughtfulness.Eric Jacobs, The Spectator
    • Every bit as readable as any of its predecessors. Amis’s extraordinary skill at shaping material and his ear for dialogue seem to be as sharp as ever.A N Wilson, Evening Standard

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