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Kingsley Amis

Wednesday 15 November 2006 21:30-22:15 (Radio 3)

Hailed as the funniest, cleverest or rudest man most people had ever met, Kingsley Amis was a dominant force in the writing of his age. Zachary Leader speaks to Philip Dodd about his new biography.

Duration:

45 minutes

Kingsley Amis

Kingsley Amis
Kingsley Amis

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Philip Dodd invites veteran BBC correspondent Charles Wheeler and newspaper editor Abdul-Bari Atwan to give their assessment on the highly anticipated launch of Al-Jazeera International, the English language counterpart of Arabic news broadcaster Al-Jazeera. Will the new station court controversy like its sister channel? How will it distinguish itself in a crowded 24-hour news market?

Also in the programme - Philip talks to Zachary Leader about his new biography of Kingsley Amis. Amis is remembered not just for his novels, but also for his witty, rude, occasionally tender correspondence with the poet Philip Larkin. Leader himself is the editor of Amis's collected letters. What can this new biography of the novelist tell us that hasn't already been revealed in his voluminous correspondence?


'The Life of Kingsley Amis' by Zachary Leader is published by Jonathan Cape




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