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Unreliable Memoirs - Clive James

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Before James Frey famously fabricated his memoir, Clive James wrote a refreshingly candid book that made no claims to be accurate, precise, or entirely truthful, only to entertain. In an exercise of literary exorcism, James set out to put his childhood in Australia behind him by rendering it as part novel, part memoir. Now, nearly thirty years after it first came out in England, Unreliable Memoirs is again available to American readers and sure to attract a whole new generation that has, through his essays and poetry, come to love James's inimitable voice.

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      Comments about Unreliable Memoirs:

      This is so good; Clive is every bit as I expected in describing his upbringing and development through to his university days. But he writes so well; you can really connect to him especially as an Australian from the Sydney suburbs. I can't believe it has taken me so long to buy and read something by this great Australian.

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      What a delightful read.

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        What's not to like about our most talented writer?

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        4.0

        Clive is in a league of his own

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          "Do not read this book in public. You will risk severe internal injuries from trying to suppress your laughter... What's worse, you can't put it down once started. Its addictive powers stun all normal decent resistance within seconds. Not to be missed." -- Sunday Times

          Clive James

          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.

          Visit Clive James's Booktopia Author Page


          ISBN: 9780393336085
          ISBN-10: 0393336085
          Audience: General
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 224
          Published: 1st May 2009
          Country of Publication: US
          Dimensions (cm): 20.73 x 14.12  x 1.42
          Weight (kg): 0.19