Liam Hoare is a freelance writer in the U.K. whose work on politics and literature has been featured in publications including The Atlantic and The Forward.

The Recognitions

Without the Commonwealth’s premier literary award, to be announced Oct. 16, little-known novels would go unrecognized. By Liam Hoare.

Most of the criticism hurled against Martin Amis’ new novel, Lionel Asbo, in his native England accused him of snobbery and prejudice, but Liam Hoare argues that Amis’s real target is the media itself—and they don’t get the joke.