Unreliable Memoirs

What accounts for Unreliable Memoirs beingthebest memoir inthe world?And
bythatImean nobackhand compliment. Thememoir genrehas suffered
anovergrown pullulatingdecadence ofbloom in the thirty five years since Clive's
workwas ...

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.

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

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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.

Always Unreliable

Three sharp, brilliant, and outrageously funny volumes of memoirs.

Author: Clive James

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9780330418812

Category: Journalists

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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.

Clive James Reads His Unreliable Memoirs

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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

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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 . . .

Falling Towards England

Author: Clive James

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Category: Authors, Australian

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Falling Towards England Unreliable Memoirs

PRAISE FOR CLIVE JAMES "James' wickedly funny jokes and jibes make you laugh out loud and feel warm to the man. No wonder women wanted to feed him greens, and men lend him money" The Times

Author: Clive James

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 9781743031278

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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"A comic triumph, full of terrific jokes and brilliantly sustained setpieces" Ian Hamilton, London Review of Books When we last met our hero in Unreliable Memoirs, he had set sail from Sydney Harbour bound for London, fame and fortune. Idealistic and uncompromising, if short on cash, he planned to engage himself in a low-paying menial job by day and to compose poetical masterpieces by night. Having promised himself he would never succumb to such stop-gap occupations as publishing or advertising, he was happily unsuccessful in landing in either job - at least initially. Positions with London Transport and as a wine expert were likewise denied him. Scarcely daunted, he moved purposefully beyond 'the Valley of Kangaroos' (otherwise known as Earl's Court) into a bed and breakfast in a Swiss Cottage where he thoughtfully practised the Twist in his room, anticipated the poetical masterpieces and worried a little about his wardrobe. PRAISE FOR CLIVE JAMES "James' wickedly funny jokes and jibes make you laugh out loud and feel warm to the man. No wonder women wanted to feed him greens, and men lend him money" The Times

North Face of Soho Unreliable Memoirs

This book is enormously entertaining' Sunday Telegraph 'In the case of many people who attempt an autobiography even a single volume is one too many. In the case of Clive James the four volumes now in existence are too few.

Author: Clive James

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 9781743032282

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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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. 'It's not just that he writes a lot, but that he writes with intense perfectionism, and delivers his gags with honed elegance' Sunday Times 'One of the most rewarding aspects of this exuberant work is James's willingness to reveal the backstage mechanics of his professional life. This book is enormously entertaining' Sunday Telegraph 'In the case of many people who attempt an autobiography even a single volume is one too many. In the case of Clive James the four volumes now in existence are too few. If the final tally puts him up there with Marcel Proust, so much the better' FT Magazine 'I feel I know more about the author after reading it than I gleaned from all of his other books put together. This is a book about hard-earned self-knowledge. What makes it funny is quite how hard the self-knowledge was to earn' WILLIAM LEITH, Evening Standard

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

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Category: Literary Criticism

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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.

North Face of Soho

The commercial success of Unreliable Memoirs ensured that those future years
could never become financially desperate , although it was never true that I could
have lived on the royalties of that book alone , or of all my books put together .

Author: Clive James

Publisher: Picador USA

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Category: Biography & Autobiography

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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.

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

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Category: Biography & Autobiography

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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
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Australian Books in Print

95 ( 0091827442 ) , Literary criticism ; Random House Australia JAMES , CLIVE ,
Falling Towards England : ' Unreliable Memoirs ' II ; PB 192p 198x130 11 - 86 $
12 . 95 ( 0330294377 ) , Autobiography & Memoirs ; Pan Macmillan ( Picador ...

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The New York Times Book Review

No, the trick in much modern autobiography is somehow to display oneself as a
failure or a swine, but emerge at the end an attractive failure or a charming swine.
Clive James, whose "Unreliable Memoirs" one hopes will be the first of several ...

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Ovid and Augustus

If we turn to Clive James ' s autobiographical work Always Unreliable , 38 we find
that , despite the first volume ' s paradoxical title , Unreliable Memoirs ( memoirs
are meant to be factual ) , the work has a central character whose name is ...

Author: P.J. Davis

Publisher: Bristol Classical Press

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Category: Foreign Language Study

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Deals with one of the most contentious issues in the study of Roman literature - the relationship between Augustan literary texts and Augustan politics. This work reads Ovid's early works against their political context, and argues that they challenge the Augustan regime's ideology and resist the Augustan conception of what it was to be Roman.

Meanjin

On the fly - leaf of my copy of Unreliable Memoirs is inscribed , in a h : 2 not my
own , the legend : ' Scene 1 : Take 2. Kogarah Station . Don me Clive . ' The date ,
X / '80 ; and the signatures of two longstanding friends . Iz an ironic inscription ...

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Punch

TIPTOP PUBLIC RELATIONS HOW TO BULLSHIT IN 12 DIFFERENT
LANGUAGES t the close of Unreliable Memoirs , the first volume of Clive James '
s autobiography , the author was only 21 . 1 To devote an entire volume to so few
years ...

Author: Mark Lemon

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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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