I Want It Now

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The quickest way to get rich is to marry someone rich, but how do you do this if you aren’t yet rich? TV chat-show host Ronnie Appleyard is preoccupied with this question as he pursues wealthy heiress Simona Quick over two continents in the company of braying aristocrats, Greek shipping magnates, American dandies and the dreaded mother-in-law to be. But as he comes closer to his prize other questions present themselves. Is the androgenous Simona really worth it? Why doesn’t she like sex? Is it possible to drink all day? With his unerring eye for absurdity and class satire Kingsley Amis shows us what happens when money meets naked ambition.

© Kingsley Amis 2012 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

Critics Review

  • Brings all the earlier works into focus. Amis is still master of the comedy of irrelevance. The novel is funny because it is serious. It is also wonderfully readable

    Anthony Burgess
  • Wickedly entertaining

    Sunday Times

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