UNRELIABLE MEMOIRS

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Unreliable Memoirs

Author : Clive James
ISBN : 9781447275497
Genre : 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.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Complete Unreliable Memoirs

Author : Clive James
ISBN : 9781529015119
Genre : 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.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Always Unreliable

Author : Clive James
ISBN : 9780330526722
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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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 . . .
Category: Biography & Autobiography

North Face Of Soho

Author : Clive James
ISBN : 9780330474375
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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‘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 touch with my head.’ After Unreliable Memoirs, Falling Towards England and May Week Was In June comes the fourth instalment in Clive James’s life. 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.
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Falling Towards England

Author : Clive James
ISBN : 1850895562
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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When London began to swing in the early sixties Clive James was there. He was also broke. Arriving in London from Sydney, he resolved to engage himself in low-paid menial work by day and compose poetical masterpieces by night.
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The Blaze Of Obscurity

Author : Clive James
ISBN : 9780330515252
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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‘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 only Monday.”) Reviews for Clive James’s fourth volume of memoirs, North Face of Soho, included several that specifically requested a further volume; Clive James duly obliged and here, in all its glory, is ‘Unreliable Memoirs V’, otherwise known as 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. ‘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 volumes now in existence are too few. If the final tally puts him up there with Marcel Proust, so much the better’ Financial Times
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Always Unreliable Unreliable Memoirs

Author : Clive James
ISBN : 9781743511701
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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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.
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May Week Was In June

Author : Clive James
ISBN : STANFORD:36105038680398
Genre : Fiction
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Third volume of memoirs by the well-known Australian-born writer and television personality. This recounts his time at Cambridge until his marriage. The two previous volumes, TUnreliable Memoirs' (1980) and TFalling Towards England' (1985), have been bestsellers and received critical praise for the quality of writing, wit and humour.
Category: Fiction

Ghostwalkers

Author : Edward J. McGee
ISBN : 1912192896
Genre : Fiction
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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!!
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Once An Australian

Author : Ian Britain
ISBN : UOM:39015043796799
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The four Australians featured in this book - Barry Humphries, Clive James, Germaine Greer, and Robert Hughes - are all writers and performers who decided to leave their native land in the late 1950s or early 1960s and to pursue their brilliant careers abroad. Ian Britain's profiles of their careers concentrate on the reasons for their expatriatism and consider what aspects of their Australian identity they have retained. His is the first detailed study of this generation of Australian expatriates, and richly combines elements of biography, cultural criticism and social history. The profiles are based on a wide range of their subjects' writings and public pronouncements in the press, or on radio and television, stretching back over nearly half a century. These sources, the author maintains, help to illuminate the inner life and abiding preoccupations of this famous foursome more effectively than any personal interviews with them. As well as charting the life and work of four vibrant individuals, Ian Britain's book seeks to suggest what is distinctive about them as a generational group, and contains some reflections on how far they may be seen as the 'last expatriates' - the most vivid flowers of a dying breed.
Category: Literary Criticism