“The Mick Jagger of literature . . . Amis is the most dazzling prose stylist in post-war British fiction.” —Mick Brown, The Daily Telegraph“[A] charismatic compound of fact and fiction . . . Martin Amis has retained the electricity to surprise.” —Parul Sehgal, The New York TimesFrom one of the most exceedingly acclaimed writers at paintings today: his most intimate and epic paintings yet–an autobiographical novel of intercourse and love, own family and friendship.This novel had its birth within the demise of Martin Amis’s closest friend, the incomparable Christopher Hitchens, and it is within that profound and sprawling friendship that Inside Story unfurls. From their early days as young magazine staffers in London, reviewing romantic entanglements and the today’s literary gossip (not to say ideas, books, and where to lunch), Hitch was Amis’s wingman and adviser, especially within the depend of the alluringly amoral Phoebe Phelps–an obsession Amis should somehow put in the back of him if he’s ever to locate love, marriage, a doable run at happiness. Other figures competing as Amis’s most important influencers are his literary fathers—Kingsley, of course; his hero Saul Bellow; the weirdly self-finessing poet Philip Larkin—and his good sized literary mothers, together with Iris Murdoch and Elizabeth Jane Howard. Moving among these greats to set his own path, Amis’s quest is a tender, witty exploration of the toughest questions: how to live, a way to grieve, and the way to die. In seek of his answers, he surveys the horrors of the twentieth century, and the still-unfolding impact of the 9/11 attacks at the twenty-first–and considers what all of this has taught him about how to be a writer. The result is a love letter to life–and to the human beings in his life–that achieves a brand new stage of confidentiality together with his readers, giving us the formerly unseen portrait of his brilliant world.