Lionel Asbo: State of England

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Jonathan Cape, 2012 - Great Britain - 275 pages
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'Why aren't you out smashing windows? It's not healthy'

Lionel Asbo - a very violent but not very successful criminal - has always looked out for his nephew, Desmond Pepperdine. He gives him fatherly advice (carry a knife) and introduces him to the joys of Internet porn. Des, on the other hand, desires nothing more than books, a girl to love and to steer clear Uncle Li's psychotic pitbulls, Joe and Jeff.

Lionel is going about his morning duties in a London prison when he learns that he has just won 139,999,999.50 on the National Lottery. This is not necessarily good news for Des who has a secret that could unleash his uncle's implacable vengeance.

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User Review  - Aran - Goodreads

Mean-spirited and apoplectically cynical about exactly the wrong things, this -- like 'Money' -- runs on the engine of Martin Amis' smouldering grudge against all those who have more money than Martin ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bruce Roderick - Goodreads

On a recent interview I heard Martin Amis say, "When one examines my writing they will notice that one thing I never write about is the middle-class. I have no interest in the middle-class. I either ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Martin Amis is the author of twelve previous novels, the memoir Experience, two collections of stories and six collections of non-fiction, most recently The Second Plane. He lives in New York.

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