John Carey, chief book reviewer for the London Sunday Times, who knows a thing or two about these matters, named Unreliable Memoirs, as one of the 20th century’s most enjoyable reads.
I heartily agree. This book will have you laughing out aloud, which is great, but will also get you thinking about your own life, encouraging you to take things less seriously, and, as a bonus, Clive James' revelations about his own life will remain with you forever, giving you something to chuckle about in the face of life's small dangers...
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
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.
Series: Unreliable Memoirs Ser.
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: November 2009
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0 x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.14
Edition Number: 1
Clive James is the author of more than thirty books. As well as essays, he has published collections of literary and television criticism, travel writing, verse and novels, plus five volumes of autobiography. As a television performer he appeared regularly for both the BBC and ITV. 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. Cultural Amnesia was a New York Times Notable Book.