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ELUSIVE: Kingsley Amis, right, with his wife Hilly and their children, Martin, left, Sally and Phillip.

ELUSIVE: Kingsley Amis, right, with his wife Hilly and their children, Martin, left, Sally and Phillip.

ELUSIVE: Kingsley Amis, right, with his wife Hilly and their children, Martin, left, Sally and Phillip.

Martin Amis believes the sexual revolution was to blame for the death of his sister. Sally Amis died aged 46 from complications contributable to alcoholism. Hers had been a tragic adulthood. By her brother's description, she was "pathologically promiscuous".

Before she finally succumbed to an infection in hospital, she was living in a council flat in Kentish Town. Her life story was a sad portrait of intractable dissolution; a failed marriage, a string of abusive relationships, an unplanned pregnancy she claimed was the result of a one-night stand, a daughter given up for adoption.


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