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Essays & Correspondence

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(78 reviews)

"[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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Politics & Social Sciences

Play All: A Bingewatcher's Notebook

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(77 reviews)

"A loving and breezy set of essays" on today's most addictive TV shows from "an incisive and hilarious critic" (Slate). Television is not what it once was. Award-winning author and critic Clive James spent decades... See More

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Biography & True Accounts

Unreliable Memoirs: Picador Classic

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(981 reviews)

Told with Clive James's unassailable sense of humour and self-effacing charm, Unreliable Memoirs is a hilarious and touching introduction to the story of a national treasure. A million-copy bestseller, this classic memoir is... See More

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Arts & Photography

Clive James On Television

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(37 reviews)

His best in one volume, Clive James On Television includes 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... See More

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Poetry & Drama

Gate of Lilacs: A Verse Commentary on Proust

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(10 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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Poetry & Drama

Nefertiti in the Flak Tower

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(12 reviews)

Clive James' power as a poet 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

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Poetry & Drama

Angels Over Elsinore: Collected Verse 2003-2008

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(8 reviews)

Clive James, a brilliant prose stylist, was also a naturally gifted poet, and Angels Over Elsinore is one of his most accomplished collections. From reminiscences of his Australian childhood and elegies for friends and... See More

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Humour

The Revolt of the Pendulum: Essays 2005-2008

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(12 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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(59 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

Injury Time

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(15 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. Facing the end, James looked... See More

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Biography & True Accounts

May Week Was In June: More Unreliable Memoirs

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(32 reviews)

Arriving in Cambridge on my first day as an undergraduate, I could see nothing except a cold white October mist. At the age of twenty-four I was a complete failure, with nothing to show for my life except a few poems nobody... See More

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Essays & Correspondence

Poetry Notebook: 2006–2014

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(53 reviews)

Clive James was one of our finest critics and best-loved cultural voices. He was also a prize-winning poet. Since he was first enthralled by the mysterious power of poetry, he has been a dedicated student. In fact, for him... See More

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Poetry & Drama

Sentenced to Life

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(132 reviews)

In his insightful collection of poems Clive James looks back over an extraordinarily rich life with a clear-eyed and unflinching honesty. There are regrets, but no trace of self-pity in these verses, which - for all their... See More

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Biography & True Accounts

The Blaze of Obscurity: The TV Years (Unreliable Memoirs)

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(51 reviews)

I was never alone except in the toilet, where I soon found that locking myself into a cubicle was not much protection from hearing myself talked about by young men standing at urinals. ("Jesus, he's looking rough." "And it's... See More

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Biography & True Accounts

North Face of Soho: More Unreliable Memoirs

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(39 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

Falling Towards England: More Unreliable Memoirs

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(56 reviews)

In the first volume of Clive James's autobiography, Unreliable Memoirs, we said farewell to our hero as he set sail from Sydney Harbour, bound for London, fame and fortune. Finding the first of these proved relatively... See More

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Arts & Photography

A Point of View

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(38 reviews)

21st century Britain: a point of view from Clive James, one of the fiercest and funniest critics. 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... See More

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Humour

The Meaning of Recognition: Essays 2001-2005

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(9 reviews)

Literary critic, cultural commentator, TV personality, journalist, poet, political analyst, satirist and Formula One fan: Clive James is a man (and master) of many talents, and the essays collected in The Meaning of... See More

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Essays & Correspondence

Even As We Speak: Criticism (Bello)

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(8 reviews)

Effervescent, energetic and eclectic, this is one of the late Twentieth Century's finest minds (and bellies) on show. Even As We Speak is a compelling collection of essays in which Clive James focusses on Australian... See More

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Anthologies & Literature Collections

Other Passports: Poems 1958-1985

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(1 review)

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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Humour

Flying Visits: Postcards From The Observer 1976-83

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(17 reviews)

Flying Visits is a collection of Clive James's 'Postcards' originally written for The Observer between the years 1976 and 1983 about his experiences travelling abroad, from Peking, Los Angeles and Sydney. Full of James's... See More

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Literary Fiction

Brrm! Brrm!

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(4 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

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Poetry & Drama

Opal Sunset: Selected Poems 1958-2008

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(20 reviews)

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

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Humour

Visions Before Midnight

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(19 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

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Arts & Photography

Glued To The Box

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(3 reviews)

Glued To The Box is 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... See More

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Literary Fiction

Brilliant Creatures (Picador Books)

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(16 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

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Poetry & Drama

The Book of My Enemy: Collected Verse 1958-2003

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(1 review)

'If you are vacillating over whether a couple of bottles of pinot blanc might, in the short run, prove more fun than a poetry book, then just flick to the first page and the title poem of this volume. James writes with... See More

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Arts & Photography

The Crystal Bucket

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(22 reviews)

'His contribution to the art and enjoyment of TV criticism over the past ten years has been immense. His work is deeply perceptive, often outrageously funny and always compulsively readable' Said the judges of the British... See More

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