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					From The Times (London)

November 9, 2000, Thursday:

"Sally Amis, 46, the daughter of the late writer Kingsley Amis, has died
after five days in intensive care. Her brother, Martin, the novelist, said
that Miss Amis, who lived in London, had been depressed since their
father's death in 1995 and had had caught an infection."

From the Amis Discussion Web--and The Scotsman:
Sally Amis's creepy & pathetic electra-complex
Conf: Martin Amis Discussion Web
From: S. Snead []
Date: Thursday, February 07, 2002 08:00 PM


ALLAN BROWN SAID: "Her marriage in the 1980s to Nigel Slater, a wine
merchant twice her age, lasted only six months, after which she found
herself living in a church hostel. She later gave birth to a baby daughter
following a one-night stand with an Irish alcoholic but the child,
Catherine, was given up for adoption." . . .

"Sally Amis made no secret of her unusual devotion to Kingsley.
Speaking last year, she revealed that she kept his ashes in an urn atop
her fireplace, admitted that she missed her father 'amazingly' and that
she watched an edition of THE SOUTH BANK SHOW featuring him 'fifty
times a day'."

ALLAN BROWN SAID: "She was a manic-depressive, an alcoholic and
had never recovered from the death of Kingsley. 'Four years on', Amis
wrote, 'Sally is still capable of calling me in tears when she is having a
"bad Dad day.'"

THINKING: "Amis has a fair idea what motivates this compounding
enmity, although he is uncharacteristically reticent to name it: 'Valued
reader, it is not for me to say this is envy', he writes in his memoir
EXPERIENCE. 'It is for you to say that this is envy.' I mention that this
seems a rather disingenuous, perhaps cowardly way of attacking his
detractors: 'Disingenuous? Well, let's describe it as artful', he concedes."

MA defends Sally Amis's honor
Conf: Martin Amis Discussion Web
From: L. Trevino []
Date: Thursday, February 07, 2002 08:40 PM

MA'S LETTER TO THE SCOTSMAN: "I have only just seen your Sunday
Encounter piece of October 28, 2001. Your correspondent, Allan Brown,
has looked into the clippings file and has reproduced some ungenerous
inaccuracies about my sister. My sister's baby daughter was not the
result of 'a one-night stand'; in fact, she cohabited for some time with the
father. More generally, the impression is given that my sister lived in
penury and neglect. Not so. She was in full contact with every member of
her family, and her will disposed of a considerable legacy."

MA defends Sally's honor but where's her kid?
Conf: Martin Amis Discussion Web
From: jules []
Date: Thursday, February 07, 2002 11:51 PM

But, Martin, where is your niece now? Am I right in understanding that
Sally's baby was adopted out? I know you loved Sally and defended her
often, having much compassion for your sister's problems; but surely,
someone in the Amis clan must have offered to be the ward and
custodian of Sally's child's to keep an Amis issue in the family! For
Goodness sake, who cares how many nights Sally spent with her baby's
father? To whom was this Amis given (away) Does not blood count? I
hope that reporter was wrong, but you didn't say a thing about Sal's kid.

Oh, and Lee, (Trevino..Right~) to think you suggested that "moi" was
"tactless" in describing Sally here once. I merely mentioned that Mart
was concerned about his sister's dipsomania. What this reporter wrote is
typical Fleet Street fare: Character-kill (even if maybe partly-if not more-
factual, it isn't cricket.