3 insights from the man who wrote The Rachel Papers and London Fields.
1. During a revolution some things go, some things stay and you have to make sure you weave your way through the new reality.
2. Greed, curiosity and boredom are the usual reasons people get out of bed every morning.
3. James Joyce was anti-social. He wrote a 700 page crossword. A writer needs to like the reader.
Mr Amis read the prologue from his soon to be published novel. The narrative pivots around growing old. Growling at the audience, he shared his anguish at how unprepared he was for ageing; "Literature, you never told me".