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Dead Babies is Martin Amis' second novel, published in 1975 by Jonathan Cape. It was published in paperback as Dark Secrets.[1] Amis's second novel—a parody of Agatha Christie's country-house mysteries[2]—takes place over a single weekend at a manor called Appleseed Rectory. In 2000, the book was adapted into a film of the same name, starring Paul Bettany and Olivia Williams. In 2001, BBC critic David Wood wrote "Amis' second novel ranks among his most incendiary with its mordant wit, black comedy, and sense of the violently absurd."[3]

Dead Babies
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First UK edition
AuthorMartin Amis
PublisherKnopf (US)
Jonathan Cape (UK)
Publication date
Preceded byThe Rachel Papers 
Followed bySuccess 

Further readingEdit

  • Bentley, Nick (2014). Martin Amis (Writers and Their Work). Northcote House Publishing Ltd.
  • Bradford, Richard (November 2012). Martin Amis: The Biography. Pegasus. ISBN 978-1605983851.
  • Diedrick, James (2004). Understanding Martin Amis (Understanding Contemporary British Literature). University of South Carolina Press.
  • Finney, Brian (2013). Martin Amis (Routledge Guides to Literature). Routledge.
  • Keulks, Gavin (2003). Father and Son: Kingsley Amis, Martin Amis, and the British Novel Since 1950. University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN 978-0299192105.
  • Keulks, Gavin (ed) (2006). Martin Amis: Postmodernism and Beyond. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0230008304.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  • Tredell, Nicolas (2000). The Fiction of Martin Amis (Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism). Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 23–33. ISBN 9781840461350.


  1. ^ Amazon
  2. ^ Thomas Jones, "Short Cuts", London Review of Books, 16 November 2000
  3. ^ David Wood, "Dead Babies", BBC, 22 January 2001