Martin Amis with his mother, Hilly Kilmarnock, in the courtyard of their home in Ronda in 1980. The image was taken by Angela Gorgas, the writer's partner at the time.

Depression, passion and redemption: The mind-blowing story of Martin Amis’ mother, Hilly Bardwell

She held together a family prone to alcoholism, anger and depression (including her own) in unconventional ways. With the consent of her third husband, she cared for Kingsley Amis, the husband who cheated on her and mistreated her, during his final years. Martin Amis’ Spanish brother tells us about his mother’s life, which surpasses the fiction written by the men of the clan


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