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By Kingsley Amis

Set in London through the mid Sixties, this novel explores the dual jungles of sexual liberation and workplace politics in a amazing literary publishing condominium. Kingsley Amis additionally wrote "The eco-friendly Man", "The Riverside Villas homicide" and "That doubtful Feeling".

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She greeted Jenny without suspicious friendliness or much of any other kind either. ’ Simon had drifted up during this and stood there agreeing with the general drift of it and giving off a slight hot smell. ‘Well yes,’ said Patrick reliably, ‘I think there are two, aren’t there, darling? Next door to us, and …’ ‘The one at the end,’ said Jenny. ‘The end of that passage. It’s a bit bigger than the others, they showed us. ’ The Gileses turned on each other with what looked like utter horror but turned out to be fingers-crossed satisfaction-so-far.

He had expected a warm response to his remarks about Miss Bunn, although he had not set out to provoke one, but she had seemed to find something more in what he had said than he knew he had put there. Try it again later. With a great groaning yawn he fished a thick typescript out of his brief-case and ill-temperedly planked himself down with it in his corner of the sitting-room, where dictionary, Hammond & Sutcliffe house-style manual and other reference works stood within reach. Almost the first to go of his delusions about publishing had been the one that said reading typescripts at home would be rather fun.

The light from the window was given back to advantage by the pale blue distemper applied to the walls by Jenny. It was she too who, from markets and auctions, had assembled the round Victorian table, the three Victorian occasional chairs (a fourth was still actively sought), and the small button-back chesterfield and two comfortable armchairs which, being good with her tape-measure, scissors and needle, she had herself covered in rose-patterned chintz. The large nicely done print of ‘The Fighting Téméraire’ over the tiled fireplace had been chosen by her, passed by Patrick as becoming sufficiently trendy to offset any implied patriotism.

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