These townies they never speak to you
Just stick together so they never get lonely.
Blur - Chemical World (1993)
"London Fields inspired Parklife. That book changed my outlook on life".
***The novel [State of England, 2012] tells the story of Lionel Asbo, a skinhead lout who wins the lottery while in prison. Amis has revealed that one of the characters, "Threnody", is loosely based on Katie Price, whom he has previously described as little more than "two bags of silicone". Other objects of Amis's satire include the British press and a society obsessed with sex and money.