Historical records matching Sally Amis
About Sally Amis
Sally Myfanwy Amis (17 January 1954 – 8 November 2000) was the youngest child and only daughter of the writer Kingsley Amis (1922–1995), and his first wife, Hilary Bardwell. She lived for the most part out of the public eye, but came to public attention posthumously, when her brother, Martin Amis, wrote about her in Koba the Dread (2002). She later appeared as the promiscuous and damaged Violet in his novel The Pregnant Widow (2010).
The Pregnant Widow is about the sexual revolution of the 1960s; the Russian writer Alexander Herzen (1812–1870) used the metaphor of the pregnant widow for that point in a revolution when the old order has died, but the new one is not yet born, leading to "a long night of chaos and desolation." Martin Amis described Sally as one of the revolution's most spectacular victims.
Plagued by alcoholism, depression and promiscuity, and with a daughter born out of a brief encounter and given up for adoption at three months, Sally suffered a stroke at the age of 40 and died six years later of an unspecified infection. Journalist Julia Molony blamed Sally's dysfunctional family life, with Kingsley as an elusive father figure able to relate to women only through sex.
Martin had talked to Sally about writing her story. "I once rescued her from some terrible situation and paid up what was necessary to release her from it, and took her home and patched her up. And she looked at me and I know she wanted to thank me, and she was wondering how to do that. Normally she thanked people by having sex with them. But she just said: 'You know you can write about me, and you know you can tell the truth, and you can say everything, and I won't mind.'"