The Folks That Live on the Hill

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The Folks That Live on the Hill
Cover of first edition (hardcover)
Cover artistMatthew Cook
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreComedy novel
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Pages246 pp
ISBN0-09-1741378 Search this book on Logo.png.

The Folks That Live on the Hill is Kingsley Amis's 20th novel,[1] first published in 1990.[2]

The novel's protagonist is Harry Caldecote, a retired librarian living in a fictional 'Shepherd's Hill' area of North London, suggested in fact to be Primrose Hill.[3] Harry is twice divorced and lives with his sister Clare. The novel describes the interaction of Harry's extended family of son Piers, brother Freddie, sister-in-law Desiree and Fiona and Bunty who are relatives of his former wives. The narration takes place in turn from the viewpoint of the principal characters of the novel.[4] In this work, Amis lampoons the attitudes and lifestyles of the North London chattering classes.[5]


  1. Pritchard, William H. "The Folks That Live On The Hill". The New York Times.
  2. "".
  3. "The Folks That LIve on the Hill". Google Books.
  4. Parrinder, Patrick. "London Review of Books".
  5. Lyons, Gene. "Entertainment Weekly".

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