‘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.
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Comments about May Week Was in June:
I am a fervent fan of Clive James and wanted to complete the reading of his memoirs. This one disappointed me. Repetitive even though well written. Perhaps because it revealed a rather unpleasant side of the writer I did not enjoy it as much as his other work but it will not stop me purchasing the rest of his memoir series. His poetry is superb and his later writings are much better to my mind.
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)
Series: Unreliable Memoirs Ser.
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st June 1991
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 12.9 x 19.8 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Number: 1