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  - nosajeel - LibraryThing

The writing is excellent and energetic. The title character, Lionel Asbo, is a somewhat clich̩d British thug who is a ruthless and brutally violent criminal but also has his own odd sort of moral ... Read full review

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User Review  - William345 - LibraryThing

Lionel Asbo is a bad thief. He spends long stretches in jail. He's in and he's out, a recidivist. Lionel's nephew, Desmond, is at fifteen years of age seduced by his grandmother, Grace, thirty-nine ... 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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