Dead Babies (novel)

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First edition (publ. Jonathan Cape, 1975)

Dead Babies is Martin Amis' second novel, published in 1975 by Jonathan Cape. It was published in paperback as Dark Secrets.[1]

Plot[edit]

Amis's second novel—a parody of Agatha Christie's country-house mysteries[2]—takes place over a single weekend at a manor called Appleseed Rectory.

Reception[edit]

In 2001, BBC critic David Wood wrote "Amis' second novel ranks among his most incendiary with its mordant wit, black comedy, and sense of the violently absurd."[3]

Film version[edit]

In 2000, the book was adapted into a film of the same name, starring Paul Bettany and Olivia Williams.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Bentley, Nick (2014). Martin Amis (Writers and Their Work). Northcote House Publishing Ltd. 
  • Diedrick, James (2004). Understanding Martin Amis (Understanding Contemporary British Literature). University of South Carolina Press. 
  • Finney, Brian (2013). Martin Amis (Routledge Guides to Literature). Routledge. 
  • Keulks, Gavin (2003). Father and Son: Kingsley Amis, Martin Amis, and the British Novel Since 1950. University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN 978-0299192105. 
  • Keulks, Gavin (ed) (2006). Martin Amis: Postmodernism and Beyond. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0230008304. 
  • Tredall, Nicolas (2000). The Fiction of Martin Amis (Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism). Palgrave Macmillan. 
  • Bradford, Richard (November 2012). Martin Amis: The Biography. Pegasus. ISBN 978-1605983851. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Secrets-Martin-Amis/dp/0586044825
  2. ^ Thomas Jones, "Short Cuts", London Review of Books, 16 November 2000
  3. ^ David Wood, "Dead Babies", BBC, 22 January 2001