Amis sent Roger Micheldene, the titular hero of One Fat Englishman to America (he is a visiting professor at Budweiser College) as a fictional emissary, avenging the wrongs done to the Old World by the vulgar, consumerist New. But the joke is on Roger, obese, bumbling, and outsmarted at every turn by unobliging housewives, clever novelists, and even neighborhood deer. “Very funny…splendidly slapstick…and serious too.”—TLS
1940s England is a war zone. But for the residents of Mrs. Payne’s boarding house the battlefield is the supper table, and the enemy is the resident of the room next door. Alternately bleak and hilarious, The Slaves of Solitude is a favorite of such writers as Sarah Waters and Nick Hornby.