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Jenny Bardwell - Lucky Jim and my unlucky grandpa

Features | By Jenny Bardwell

Uncle Kingers: Kingsley Amis in 1985

Twenty-five years after his death, Jenny Bardwell remembers her uncle Kingsley Amis – who mocked her Morris-dancing grandfather

I still have my copy of Lucky Jim, published by Victor Gollancz in 1953. Turning the dark green, cloth cover, I read on the front endpaper, ‘With love to Mary and Mick from Kingsley’, written in blue ink with seductive loops on the ls and ys. This dedication to my parents fascinated me from a young age. ...


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