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"[A] collection of Clive James's essays on a variety of literary topics... This is sanity, humor and acuity in the face of death" (The Wall Street Journal). In 2010, Clive James was diagnosed with terminal leukemia... See More

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Arts & Photography

Play All: A Bingewatcher's Notebook

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(21 reviews)

Television and TV viewing are not what they once were -- and that's a good thing, according to award-winning author and critic Clive James. Since serving as television columnist for the London Observer from 1972 to 1982... See More

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Poetry & Drama

Nefertiti in the Flak Tower

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(9 reviews)

Clive James' power as a poet has increased year by year, and there has been no stronger evidence for this than Nefertiti in the Flak Tower. Here, his polymathic learning and technical virtuosity are worn more lightly than... See More

£8.99 £12.98 Save 31% Price verified 17 hours ago
Poetry & Drama

Angels Over Elsinore: Collected Verse 2003-2008

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(7 reviews)

Clive James, our most brilliant prose stylist, is also a naturally gifted poet, and Angels Over Elsinore: Collected Verse 2003-2008 is his most accomplished collection of poetry to date. From reminiscences of his Australian... See More

£8.99 £10.38 Save 13% Price verified 17 hours ago
Poetry & Drama

Other Passports: Poems 1958-1985

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Clive James's unforgettable poetry collection, which gained him comparison to Byron and status as a 'true poet' demonstrates his wide range of interests and knowledge while never compromising his trademark wit and humour... See More

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Literary Fiction

Brrm! Brrm!

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(2 reviews)

Brrm! Brrm! by Clive James is the hilarious story of Japanese high-flyer and would-be-diplomat Akira Suzuki who is sent to London for the first time to learn about a more cosmopolitan lifestyle but instead manages to make... See More

£4.99 £5.22 Price verified 15 hours ago
Poetry & Drama

Opal Sunset: Selected Poems 1958-2008

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(6 reviews)

Opal Sunset gathers together fifty years of Clive James's poetry, and will undoubtedly enhance his reputation as one of the most versatile and accomplished of contemporary writers. Indeed - as with Other Passports, The Book... See More

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Essays & Correspondence

Visions Before Midnight

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(6 reviews)

From the man who made TV criticism an entertainment in its own right comes Visions Before Midnight, a selection from the column hundreds of thousands of devoted fans would turn to first thing on a Sunday morning. Clive... See More

£4.99 £5.03 Price verified 15 hours ago
Arts & Photography

Glued To The Box

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(1 review)

The final instalment in Clive James's collections of TV criticism in The Observer including pieces originally published between 1979 and 1982. Adding to an already unforgettable collection of comic brilliance, fans of... See More

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Literary Fiction

Brilliant Creatures (Picador Books)

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(6 reviews)

'The brilliant creatures of the title live in a world of lost innocence and vast incomes; publishers, writers, media men and consultants, they belong to a charmed circle where everyone knows everybody else's business and... See More

£3.99 £4.74 Save 16% Price verified 16 hours ago
Poetry & Drama

The Book of My Enemy: Collected Verse 1958-2003

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(3 reviews)

The reputation of Clive James as a poet was slow to form, perhaps because he was too famous as a star journalist and television entertainer. There was also the drawback that his poetry was so entertaining it was hard for... See More

£4.99 £5.03 Price verified 16 hours ago
Poetry & Drama

Gate of Lilacs: A Verse Commentary on Proust

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(5 reviews)

Over a period of fifteen years Clive James learned French by almost no other method than reading À la recherche du temps perdu. Then he spent half a century trying to get up to speed with Proust's great novel in two... See More

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Arts & Photography

The Crystal Bucket

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(4 reviews)

The second instalment in Clive James's TV criticism collection - The Crystal Bucket - earned him the title 'Critic of the Year' by the British Press Awards. Taking its title from Walter Raleigh's The Passionate Man's... See More

£4.99 £5.69 Save 12% Price verified 15 hours ago
Essays & Correspondence

The Dreaming Swimmer: Non-fiction 1987-1992

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(1 review)

'He writes like a prophet and he can satirise folly in high places with a touch as elegant as Oscar Wilde... There isn't a word wasted' Daily Mail 'A well-balanced show of wit, intellect and glorious observation' Sunday... See More

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Arts & Photography

Clive James On Television

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(8 reviews)

For the first time in one volume all Clive James's treasured TV criticism, originally written for The Observer between the years 1972 and 1982. From the 1972 Olympics to the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest, here is a decade of... See More

£4.99 £5.22 Price verified 12 hours ago
Essays & Correspondence

Snakecharmers In Texas (Picador Books)

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(3 reviews)

In Snakecharmers in Texas, a collection of essays, written between 1980-1987, Clive James tackles burning issues and shining personalities from Barry Humphries to Barry Manilow and Michael Jackson to Michael Foot. He... See More

£3.99 £5.58 Save 28% Price verified 9 hours ago
Poetry & Drama

The Divine Comedy

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(37 reviews)

'Finally I realised that I had been practising for this job every time I wrote a quatrain... I had spent all this time - the greater part of a lifetime - preparing my instruments' The Divine Comedy is the precursor of... See More

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Essays & Correspondence

A Point of View

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(29 reviews)

21st century Britain: a point of view from our fiercest and funniest critic The BBC Radio 4 series A Point of View has been on the air since 2007. Clive James was one of the most popular presenters, and now, for the first... See More

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Biography & True Accounts

The Complete Unreliable Memoirs

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(11 reviews)

The Complete Unreliable Memoirs features all five volumes of Clive James's memoirs in one ebook omnibus. Including Unreliable Memoirs, Falling Towards England, May Week was in June, North Face of Soho and The Blaze of... See More

£12.99 £16.14 Save 20% Price verified 10 hours ago
Humour

The Revolt of the Pendulum: Essays 2005-2008

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(9 reviews)

The Revolt of the Pendulum is an essay collection that shows Clive James at his most dazzling and versatile best. From the rules of grammar to the fundamentals of religion, from the culture of fandom to the cult of the... See More

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Poetry & Drama

The River in the Sky

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(5 reviews)

'One of the most important and influential writers of our time' Sunday Times Clive James has been close to death for several years, and he has written about the experience in a series of deeply moving poems. In Sentenced to... See More

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Poetry & Drama

Collected Poems: 1958 - 2015

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(13 reviews)

Clive James's reputation as a poet has become impossible to ignore. His poems looking back over his extraordinarily rich life with a clear-eyed and unflinching honesty, such as 'Japanese Maple' (first published in the New... See More

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Biography & True Accounts

North Face of Soho: Unreliable Memoirs Volume IV

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(22 reviews)

'In the closing pages of the last volume, I got married. The ceremony marked a rare outbreak of normality in my life. It was symbolized by my personal appearance. I was clean-shaven and had a hairstyle in reasonably close... See More

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Biography & True Accounts

Unreliable Memoirs: Picador Classic

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(124 reviews)

With an introduction by P. J. O'Rourke 'Do not read this book in public. You will risk severe internal injuries from trying to suppress your laughter.' Sunday Times I was born in 1939. The other big event of that year was... See More

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Poetry & Drama

Injury Time

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(10 reviews)

'James's confrontation with his approaching death is nothing short of inspirational' Joan Bakewell, Independent The publication of Clive James's Sentenced to Life was a major literary event: critically acclaimed, it debuted... See More

£7.49 Price verified 15 hours ago
History & Criticism

At the Pillars of Hercules

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(1 review)

First published to great acclaim in 1979, At the Pillars of Hercules (a title taken from a certain Soho pub) confirmed Clive James's place as a writer of immense talent, and as entertaining and elegant as ever. His main... See More

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Essays & Correspondence

From the Land of Shadows

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'These literary-critical essays are compact with wit and penetration but also have a kind of freshness about them, as if the author has never got over his first rapture of enjoyment at the sheer thisness of poetry and prose... See More

£4.99 Price verified 16 hours ago
Literary Fiction

The Remake (Bello)

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His second work of fiction, following Brilliant Creatures, Clive James's The Remake is a brilliantly observed novel, filled with his trademark erudition and humour. Joel Court had problems. He'd lost his wife, his mistress... See More

£4.99 Price verified 14 hours ago
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