By Teddy Hempstead
Originally an email sent to all three of his agents on the 8th of July 2016, 32 years after the publication of his seminal 1984 novel ‘Money’.
A strange request, and I’m sorry to bother you with it, but I can think of no other obvious recourse. Martin Amis is on your books I know, and I’m trying to get in touch with him (email would do – much as I prefer letters, an address is a bit much to hope for). Obviously his contact information isn’t available on the public web; hence this unsolicited request. Worry not: I’ll try to offer some explanatory context.
Some time ago, before Christopher Hitchens died, I met him quite by chance in a London pub garden (he’d just finished an interview) and found it irresistible to say hello. We ended up having a relatively lengthy drink – intercut with approaches from various fellow admirers – during the course of which we discussed Amis, who I’d read little of, and who he was shortly going to see. After some probing about my tastes/loves/fears/desires he recommended in strong terms Amis’ novel Money (alongside a near-limitless list of books not by Amis, including his own) and suggested I contact Martin Amis after I’d read it, saying pensively “he would find you interesting”. In the intervening time a lot has happened. Among them, Christopher has died and I have finally read Money. While I’m no admirer of fanmail, I feel I’m writing on a fairly specific invitation from a close and dear friend of Mr. Amis, and as such am reaching out to you without too many qualms to try to find a manner of contacting him. If you feel uneasy, perhaps you could ask Mr. Amis himself if it would be alright to furnish me with his email – I feel sure he’d have no objection, though of course what I feel sure of and what is true often differ markedly. I also think I recall Christopher Hitchens mentioned that he would let Mr. Amis know that I might contact him, though whether this happened and whether he would remember are different matters entirely.
I’m grateful for your time spent reading this – perhaps I could have made the request shorter, but I wanted to give my entreaty the weight of context. I hope to hear from you soon,