The audience gathered to hear Martin Amis speak were perhaps expecting a sneak preview of his new novel, at the very least an insight into his writing routine.
Instead, the award-winning author lectured the bemused crowd on his latest béte noir - Katie Price.
Reciting from memory, he regaled them with verses from the poem she read to Peter Andre at their ill-fated wedding.
Two bags of silicone: Martin Amis does not understand the appeal of fellow author Katie Price, seen leaving the Paul O'Grady show
He told the Hay Festival at Kings Place in London this week: 'She has no waist... an interesting face... but all we are really worshipping is two bags of silicone.'
He teased the 31-year-old about her hypocrisy, citing her frequently repeated claim that she hates kiss and tell stories.
'But the whole thing is a kiss and tell!' he fumed..
So why is one of Britain's literary heavyweights so fascinated with Jordan?
Amis, the author of books such as The Rachel Papers, Money and London Fields, is trying to work out how a former glamour model turned author outsells Britain's most respected novelists.
Attack: Amis says Katie Price is nothing more than 'two bags of silicone'
Her latest novel Sapphire is still riding high in the bestsellers list, three months after publication, while her first novel outsold the entire Booker prize shortlist.
In trying to understand this, Amis has read both volumes of Price's autobiographies, and avidly follows her exploits in the tabloids.
He even admits she has inspired a character, Threnody, in his upcoming novella State Of England - saying she 'isn’t based on, but you should bear in mind, Jordan'.
But while Amis may dislike Price, it seems the two have more in common than he might admit.
He published his first (award-winning) book at 24 and has since been nominated for the Booker prize.
Price was just two years older when she published the first volume of her autobiography, and was nominated for Biography of the Year.
And outside of writing, both profess an interest in politics.
Amis publically backed Barack Obama and caused controversy with his views on radical Islamism.
Meanwhile, Price stood for election in 2001, under the slogan For a Bigger and Betta Future.
CLASH OF THE TITANS: AMIS vs PRICE
Personal life: Five children, two with novelist wife Isabel Fonseca.
Earns: £3,000-an-hour teaching creative writing at Manchester University.
Career highlight: Winning the Somerset Maugham Award at 24 for his novel The Rachel Papers.
Career lowlight: Invasion Of The Space Invaders - a 1982 guide to playing and winning the arcade game.
Typical passage: 'Cities at night, I feel, contain men who cry in their sleep and then say Nothing. It's nothing. Just sad dreams. Or something like that... Swing low in your weep ship, with your tear scans and your sob probes, and you would mark them.' - from his novel The Information.
Most famous for: Being the son of Sir Kingsley Amis.
Personal life: Three children, two with now ex-husband, singer Peter Andre.
Career highlight: Meeting Prince Charles at the Royal Variety Performance in 2006.
Career lowlight: Auditioning to represent Britain in Eurovision, pregnant and wearing skin-tight Lycra.
Typical passage: 'As they strolled down Old Compton Street two people sneaked pictures of them with their camera phones. "That's f****** annoying!" Jake exclaimed. Crystal shrugged. "It goes with the territory, I guess. At least I'm not looking minging." ' - from her novel Crystal.
Most famous for: Having her breasts enlarged to an F cup.
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Hello mother fucker! when you ask a question read also the answer instead of asking another question on an answer who already contain the answer of your next question!
He has got a serious point though. It says alot about the British society when a Glamour (I use that word in the loosest of terms) Model has a ghost writter write her books for her and she outsells the Booker Prize winner.
She's a complete disgrace.
Though, you only have to look at the Chavs on benefits lining up to buy her books - says it all. Buyin trash with tax payers money.
I wish she would disappear as she is so over exposed and for all the WRONG reasons.
I don't get how people worship her. He's right, she's all silicone.
beauty is only skin deep (where's the scalpel?)
Not really her fault that more twats are buying her book rather than his.
she's 31? bitch looks busted
I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.
its obviously more entertaining to read something from two bags of silicone,
but i wouldnt buy it
Her two bags of silicone are her only claim to fame. He's right.
^^^ why is it hard to believe?
i like amis, but really, when you go to the beach, how many people are reading his stuff or salman rushdie's?? danielle steele and helen van slyke outsell him, too. just the way of the world, i guess.
But popular authors like Daniele Steele write their books unlike Jordan who has employed a ghost writer to do the hard work.
Critisise Jordan all you like Martin Amis it still won't make you or your mysoginy relevant!
Last edited by Novice; October 30th, 2009 at 01:49 PM.
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