The old devils is a novel by kingsley amis first published in 1986 the novel won the booker prize it was adapted for television by andrew davies for the bbc in 1992 starring john stride bernard hepton james grout and ray smith it was the latters last screen appearance before his death. The old devils new york review books classics kingsley amis john banville on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers age has done everything except mellow the characters in kingsley amiss the old devils which turns its humane and ironic gaze on a group of welsh married couples who have been spending their golden years when all of a sudden the evening starts starting . The old devils is a acute and hilarious romp through the adventure of growing old in a rapidly changing world ill place kingsley amis on my top shelf of favorite satirists with jonathan swift rabelais evelyn waugh and andy borowitz. The old devils of the title are old friends from wales because they are mainly retired their day starts winding down shortly after breakfast and so they start drinking. Amis received the booker prize for his novel the old devils in 1986 and was knighted by queen elizabeth ii in 1990 he had three children among them the novelist martin amis with his first wife hilary anne bardwell from whom he was divorced in 1965
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