John Self, one of London's top directors of commercials, is in New York making his first feature film - alternately titled Good Money and Bad Money. He is also living money, talking money, and spending money on all the excesses twentieth-century culture has to offer - drink, dope, sex, fast food, and love. After several weeks of major degeneracy, he beats a retreat to London in an attempt to fathom what is going on in his wretched life, only to confront new temptations and new terrors. Martin Amis describes Self's low life in high style. His shocking, funny, and on-target portraits of life in the fat lane from an audacious and frightening picture of Reagan's America and Thatcher's England.