The Age, February 14, 2009
There was bitter rivalry between Kingsley and Martin Amis, Jane Sullivan writes.
What got him so furious, apparently, was that the author had used his own name for a character. That, he thought, was breaking the contract with the reader that there should be no fooling around with reality.
I suspect other reasons for his reaction. The fraught relationship between the father and son novelists has been much discussed and written about, not least by the son in his memoir, Experience. It's full of all those archetypal battles: the kid challenging Dad on his own ground, trying to surpass him. You get the whiff of testosterone, the clash of horns, the pawing of the dust. Kingsley was a real bastard of a bull.
So it's interesting to see Martin Amis' comments on the relationship in the newly released Volume III of the splendid Paris Review Interviews with eminent writers.