The Complete Unreliable Memoirs

The Blaze of Obscurity: the inside story of his years in television, it shows Clive James on top form.

Author: Clive James

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1529015111

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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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 Obscurity. Unreliable Memoirs: In the first instalment of Clive James’s memoirs, we meet the young Clive, dressed in short trousers, and wrestling with the demands of school, various relatives and the occasional snake, in the suburbs of post-war Sydney. His adventures are hilarious, his recounting of them even more so, in this – the book that started it all . . . Falling Towards England: When we last met our hero in Unreliable Memoirs, he had set sail from Sydney Harbour bound for London, fame and fortune. Having arrived, he finds fame and fortune initially difficult to achieve. May Week was in June: In ‘Unreliable Memoirs III’, Clive details his time at Cambridge, including film reviewing, writing poetry, falling in love (often), and marrying (once) during May Week – which was not only in June but also two weeks long . . . North Face of Soho: Taking us from Fleet Street to Clive James on TV, from Russian department stores to Paris fashion shows — via fatherhood, some killer bees, and a satire starring Anne Robinson as Mrs Thatcher — North Face of Soho is the larger-than-life story of a life lived to the full. The Blaze of Obscurity: Perhaps his most brilliant book yet, The Blaze of Obscurity tells the inside story of his years in television, it shows Clive James on top form – both then and now.

Unreliable Memoirs

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.

Author: Clive James

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1447275497

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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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 the outbreak of the Second World War, but for the moment that did not affect me. In the first instalment of Clive James's memoirs we follow the young Clive on his journey from boyhood to the cusp of manhood, when his days of wearing short trousers are finally behind him. Battling with school, girls, various relatives and an overwhelming desire to be a superhero, Clive's adventures growing up in the suburbs of post-war Sydney are hair-raising, uproarious and almost too good to be true . . . Told with 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 a celebration of life in all its unpredictable glory.

Always Unreliable

Always Unreliable is the collected first three volumes of Clive James's eloquently witty autobiographies, Unreliable Memoirs, Falling Towards England and May Week Was in June.

Author: Clive James

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0330526723

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 560

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Always Unreliable is the collected first three volumes of Clive James's eloquently witty autobiographies, Unreliable Memoirs, Falling Towards England and May Week Was in June. In Unreliable Memoirs we meet the young Clive James – dressed in shorts and growing up in post-war Sydney. With Falling Towards England, we find Clive living in a Swiss Cottage B&B, where he practises the Twist, anticipates poetical masterpieces he’s yet to compose, and worries about his wardrobe. Finally, May Week Was In June sees Clive at Cambridge University, where he enthusiastically involves himself in college life (generally female lives) until May Week – not only in June but also a fortnight long – when he gets married. The rest, of course, is history . . .

North Face of Soho

As a consequence, this book will be full of homilies about what to avoid.

Author: Clive James

Publisher: Picador USA

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Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 264

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We left our hero sitting beside the River Cam one beautiful 1968 spring day, jotting down his thoughts in a journal. Newly married and about to leave the cloistered world of Cambridge academia for the racier, glossier life promised by Literary London, he was, so he informed his journal reasonably satisfied. From Fleet Street to Clive James on TV, from Russian department stores to Paris fashion shows, writing plays, poetry, lyrics, reviews, essays, articles, and novels - as well as Unreliable Memoirs volumes one, two, and three - Clive James was never not insanely busy. Throw in fatherhood, some killer bees, and a satire starring Anne Robinson as Mrs. Thatcher, and you still don't have the half of it.

Clive James Reads His Unreliable Memoirs

Author: Clive James

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Falling Towards England

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.

Author: Clive James

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0330474316

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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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 simple; the second two less so. Undaunted, Clive moved into a bed and breakfast in a Swiss Cottage where he practised the Twist, anticipated poetical masterpieces and worried about his wardrobe . . . Falling Towards England is the entertaining and erudite second part in Clive James' life story, which he continues in May Week Was in June, North Face of Soho and The Blaze of Obscurity.

Unreliable Memoirs

Author: Clive James

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 9781743034255

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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The first volume of Clive James's autobiography. 'I was born in 1939. The other big event of that year was the outbreak of the Second World War, but for the moment, that did not affect me.' In the first instalment of Clive James's memoirs, we meet the young Clive, dressed in short trousers, and wrestling with the demands of school, various relatives and the occasional snake, in the suburbs of post-war Sydney. His adventures are hilarious, his recounting of them even more so, in this - the book that started it all... 'You can't put it down once started. Its addictive powers stun all normal, decent resistance within seconds. Not to be missed' - Sunday Times "All that really needs to be said to recommend Unreliable Memoirs is that James writes exactly as he talks, which is all his millions of fans could wish" - Evening Standard

May Week Was In June

At the age of twenty-four I was a complete failure, with nothing to show for my life except a few poems nobody wanted to publish in book form.’ Falling Towards England – the second volume of Clive James’s Unreliable Memoirs – was ...

Author: Clive James

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0330474340

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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‘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 wanted to publish in book form.’ Falling Towards England – the second volume of Clive James’s Unreliable Memoirs – was meant to be the last. Thankfully, that's not the case. In ‘Unreliable Memoirs III’, May Week Was in June, Clive details his time at Cambridge, including film reviewing, writing poetry, falling in love (often), and marrying (once) during May Week – which was not only in June but also two weeks long . . .

Ghostwalkers

An irreverent recollection of service in the 'Poor Man's SAS' during the troubles in Northern Ireland in 1976-77.

Author: Edward J. McGee

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781912192892

Category: Fiction

Page: 274

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An irreverent recollection of service in the 'Poor Man's SAS' during the troubles in Northern Ireland in 1976-77. Working right across the Province the Northern Ireland Patrol Group was probably the least known team of special forces. Funny, sad and memorable - you just couldn't make this up!!

Inventory of a Life Mislaid An Unreliable Memoir

A luminous memoir of post-war childhood, adventure and loss on the banks of the Nile. ‘Wonderful – a brave, inventive, touching distillation of memory and imagination’ JENNY UGLOW

Author: Marina Warner

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0008347603

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

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A luminous memoir of post-war childhood, adventure and loss on the banks of the Nile. ‘Wonderful – a brave, inventive, touching distillation of memory and imagination’ JENNY UGLOW

Always Unreliable Unreliable Memoirs

In Unreliable Memoirs we meet a very young Clive James. One dressed in shorts. His hilarious adventures growing up in post-war Sydney are deliciously recounted in this, the first volume of his memoirs.

Author: Clive James

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 1743511701

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 560

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Clive James sharp, brilliant and outrageously funny memoirs together in one volume. In Unreliable Memoirs we meet a very young Clive James. One dressed in shorts. His hilarious adventures growing up in post-war Sydney are deliciously recounted in this, the first volume of his memoirs. Next our hero sets sail for London where he hopes to find Success without compromising his Ideals. Falling Towards England tells how, having happily failed to land a suitable job, Clive moves into a little bed and breakfast in Swiss Cottage where he thoughtfully practises the Twist, anticipates the poetical masterpieces yet to be composed, and worries a little about his wardrobe. May Week Was in June sees Clive at Cambridge University, where he enthusiastically involves himself in a wide variety of pursuits (so long as they aren't on the syllabus and happen to be female). Then during May week - not only in June but also two weeks long - he marries... and the rest is history.

Flashbacks

Not to mention the sex, drugs and rock and roll... Morgan Smith was only twelve during the Summer of Love, but her parents had plunged headlong into the Age of Aquarius, and she was no mere bystander.

Author: Morgan Smith

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ISBN: 9780995036666

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 168

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A collection of memories about growing up hippie in Toronto, during one of the most interesting periods of the 20th century. Not to mention the sex, drugs and rock and roll... Morgan Smith was only twelve during the Summer of Love, but her parents had plunged headlong into the Age of Aquarius, and she was no mere bystander. From paisley shirts to protest rallies and from Be-Ins to hash brownies, she lived through one of the most ground-breaking and outright joyous periods of the 20th century as a participant, and through her memories, she shares what it was like to watch the world change.

Tales From A Broad

Fran Lebowitz cheerfully admits that she is intergalactically self-absorbed, a little crazy and really, really hard to please - just ask her eternally patient and bemused husband, Frank.

Author: Fran Lebowitz

Publisher: Monsoon Books

ISBN: 9814358452

Category: Humor

Page: 346

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When a frazzled New Yorker who is mad, bad and dangerous to know lands in Asia, life is never quite the same again - for anyone ... Fran Lebowitz cheerfully admits that she is intergalactically self-absorbed, a little crazy and really, really hard to please - just ask her eternally patient and bemused husband, Frank. But when her life in the fast land falls apart - again - it's time for a miracle. Reeling from the worst week of her life, topped off by her most important client stabbing her in the back, Fran realises that she's almost forgotten what her family looks like. She wants out of the rat race and her hectic life as a literary agent - and time to be herself, a real wife and mother to her two small children. Good old Frank delivers what seems the answer to her prayers - to escape for three months to Singapore while he does some business. But what starts out as a little break and a very big culture shock for all concerned marks the hilarious beginning of the end of the old Fran - and a whole new life.

Unreliable Memoirs

Author: Richard McRoberts

Publisher: Wizard Books

ISBN: 9781875739028

Category: Education

Page: 44

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Once an Australian

15 The Dreaming Swimmer , p . 73 . 16 Other Passports , p . 124 ; Unreliable
Memoirs , p . 29 . I owe the suggestion of This Above All to Brian McFarlane . 17
James on Desert Island Discs ; Unreliable Memoirs , p . 23 . 18 Unreliable
Memoirs ...

Author: Ian Britain

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 290

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Four Australian expatriate writers and performers are featured in this book - Barry Humphries, Clive James, Germaine Greer and Robert Hughes. It focuses on the reasons for their expatriatism and considers what aspects of their Australian identity they have retained.

Australian Writers 1975 2000

... the Observer 1972 – 76 ( London : Faber & Faber , 1977 ) ; At the Pillars of
Hercules ( London & Boston : Faber & Faber , 1979 ) ; First Reactions : Critical
Essays 1968 – 1979 ( New York : Knopf , 1980 ) ; Unreliable Memoirs ( London :
Cape ...

Author: Selina Samuels

Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning

ISBN:

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 484

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Essays on the literary historiography of Australia provide an overview of prominent and influential Australian writers of the literary and cultural movements from 1975 to 2000. A period marked by strong female voices and concern to represent the female experience. Discusses the wide stylistic sweep of the Australian writers of this period; the diversity of poetry, dramatists who wrote scripts for movies and television and traditional genres such as fiction and drama.

Books of the Times

Unreliable Memoirs Anatole Broyard he the fat boy is usually obliged to be
amiUNRELIABLE MEMOIRS . By Clive able . " No longer a small boy now ,
James . 171 pages . Knopf . $ 10 . still feels obliged to be amusing and
sometimes we can ...

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Punch

KEN PYNE To devote an entire volume to so few years was an act TOBY YOUNG
on Clive James ' Cambridge May Week Was In June Clive James ( Jonathan
Cape , £ 12.95 ) t the close of Unreliable Memoirs , the first volume of Clive ...

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Category: English wit and humor

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Who s who of Australian Writers

... Unreliable Memoirs ( 1980 ) , Crystal Bucket ( 1981 ) , Charles Charming ' s
Challenges on the Pathway to the Throne ... Falling towards England : Unreliable
memoirs II ( 1985 ) , Other Passports : Poems 1958 - 85 ( 1985 ) , Remake ( 1987
) ...

Author: John Nieuwenhuizen

Publisher: K G Saur Verlag Gmbh & Company

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 822

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Dreaming of Oranges

Love, intrigue and the complexities of friendship between two young women who search for adventure and find more than they bargained for.

Author: Marcelline Thomson

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780692099858

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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Love, intrigue and the complexities of friendship between two young women who search for adventure and find more than they bargained for.