Martin Amis, The Information

Download PDF Add to Bookshelf Report an Error

The Information (1995), Martin Amis's eighth novel, was heralded, prior to publication, by a wave of publicity about the large advance for the book, and for his short story collection, Heavy Water (1998), which he had received from his new publisher, HarperCollins. The deal, said to be worth around £500,000 for the two books, had been secured by Amis's new literary agent, Andrew Wiley (known as “The Jackal”). In dispensing with the services of his former literary agent Pat Kavanagh (1940-2008), who had represented him in England for twenty-three years, Amis also fell out for a time with the novelist Julian Barnes (born 1946), who was Kavanagh's husband and Amis's old friend (Amis (2000), 247-9). Before these controversies, Amis had seemed to be approaching mature literary…

5760 words

Citation: Tredell, Nicolas. "The Information". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 November 2009 [, accessed 10 December 2023.]

574 The Information 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here

Leave Feedback

The Literary Encyclopedia is a living community of scholars. We welcome comments which will help us improve.