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Bill Nighy led the tributes to Sir Martin Amis at a memorial service for the late author.
The world-famous author, who wrote novels such as Time’s Arrow – which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1991 – died last year aged 73. Several stars attended a special memorial service for the late novelist at London’s Church of England parish church of St Martin-in-the-Fields on Monday (10.06.24).
Love Actually star Bill – who is a huge fan of the author’s work – read from Martin’s works at the event. The event was also attended by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and his wife Polly Samson.
According to the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Martin’s widow, author Isabel Fonseca, gave an emotional speech at the memorial service. She was joined by fellow novelists Zadie Smith and Ian McEwan, and poet James Fenton, among others.
Sir Salman Rushdie, a friend of Martin, was unable to attend the funeral but wrote a tribute to his late friend.
He said: “Only Martin sounded like Martin Amis, and it was unwise to try to imitate him.
“He always said he wanted to leave behind a bookshelf so he could say, ‘From here to here, this is me.'”
“His voice is silent now. His friends will miss him terribly. But at least we have the shelf.”
After his death, Martin was posthumously knighted for his services to literature.
He died of esophageal cancer in his Florida home in May 2023.
Martin published 15 novels during his career and is best known for his so-called London novel trilogy, which consists of “Money: A Suicide Note”, “London Fields” and “The Information”.
In a 1985 interview, Martin said of his work: “I tried to create a high style to describe low things: the whole world of fast food, sex shows, nude magazines.”
“I’m often accused of focusing on the caustic, repulsive sides of life in my books, but I think I’m more sentimental about it. Anyone who reads the tabloids is confronted with far greater horrors than I describe.”

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