Martin Amis, known for his novels critiquing modern society, has returned with Lionel Asbo: State of England.

Novels "are playful readings of certain situations," he told CBC this week in Toronto.

"When people ask 'What are you saying about Britain?' I say 'I'm saying the novel. I'm saying 270 pages worth of stuff about Britain, not something you can put on a coffee mug or a T-shirt. In fact, my feelings for that culture are affection and [being] grateful that they supply such comic opportunities."

Amis talked to CBC's Nigel Hunt about his penchant for creating nasty characters, writing satire, exploring tabloid culture and why the English press loves to hate him, especially since he’s moved to New York.

The British author will also appear at Banff’s WordFest on Oct. 13 and at the Vancouver International Writers Festival on Oct. 14.