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May Week Was in June : Unreliable Memoirs III - Clive James

May Week Was in June

Unreliable Memoirs III


Published: 1st June 1991
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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 Toward England – the second volume of Clive James's Unreliable Memoirs – was meant to be the last. Thankfully, that's not the case. In Unrelaible Memoirs III, Clive details his time at Cambridge, including film reviewing, writing poetry, falling in love (often), and marrying (once).

'Every line is propelled by a firecracker witticism' London Review of Books

'He turns phrases, mixes together cleverness and clownishness, and achieves a fluency and a level of wit that make his pages truly shimmer... May Week Was In June is vintage James' Financial Times

About the Author

Clive James is the author of more than thirty books. As well as his memoirs, he has published essays, literary and television criticism, travel writing, verse and novels. As a television performer he has appeared regularly for both the BBC and ITV, most notably as writer and presenter of the Postcard series of travel documentaries. He helped to found the independent television production company Watchmaker and the Internet enterprise Welcome Stranger, one of whose offshoots is a multimedia personal website, www.clivejames.com. In 1992 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia and in 2003 he was awarded the Philip Hodgins memorial medal for literature.

Pembroke College, Cambridge offered a way out of the swinging London scene of the sixties. And Clive James made the most of all the extra curricular opportunities that came his way: Footlights, poetry, film reviews, and falling in love (often). He also became Literary Editor of Granta and wrote for New Statesman. A truly original wit and humour here applied to himself (and everything else within reach). (Kirkus UK)

ISBN: 9780330315227
ISBN-10: 0330315226
Series: Unreliable Memoirs Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st June 1991
Dimensions (cm): 12.9 x 19.8  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.18

James May

James first appeared on Top Gear under the old format and became a permanent co-host in the second season of the revamped show. When James was first introduced, Jeremy Clarkson claimed he was "clearly a blithering idiot," because at the time James drove a Bentley T2. Not too much has changed since then as James continues to have love/hate relationships with Jeremy and other co-presenters Richard Hammond and Stig.

He has his pilot's license and has been known to tickle the ivories, both of which have come in handy when filming: watch James flying a caravan blimp and hear his Scirocco ad jingle. James once admitted he was fired from a well-known magazine for putting a secret message in a supplement—it's exactly that kind of fooling around that makes him perfect for the U.K.'s favorite motoring show.

In addition to hosting Top Gear, James has kept busy on television by presenting various shows including Jame May's 20th Century, James May's Big Ideas, James May on the Moon and James May at the Edge of Space. He's also authored several books with a range of topics about cars, history, alcohol and toys.

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