Unreliable Memoirs - Unreliable Memoirs (Paperback)
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Unreliable Memoirs - Unreliable Memoirs (Paperback)

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Published: 01/01/2015
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Guaranteed to generate guffaws, the great Clive James’s first volume of what became a five-part memoir begins in Australia in 1939 and concludes as he embarks on his broadcasting career in London.

'Do not read this book in public. You will risk severe internal injuries from trying to suppress your laughter.' - The 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.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781447275480
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 180 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

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

James cannot find it within himself to write a dull paragraph - The Times

Very, very few of us have the gift of articulacy that was bestowed on Clive James - Independent

Of James's jokes it is hard to find anything adequate to say. They are so funny that you had better not read the book on a train, unless you are unselfconscious about shrieking and snorting in public. They are vivid, cumulative and full of surprises - Observer

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

Unreliable Memoirs . . . is his prose masterpiece, and an example of English comic writing that should be taught to schoolchildren alongside the works of Evelyn Waugh and PG Wodehouse. - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

One of the funniest - and, at times, most moving - books in the language - Sunday Times

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I laughed and cried at this no holds barred memoir of Clive James childhood, through his teens to early adulthood. An enlightening read, thoroughly enjoyed. To be recommended to anyone who likes to get behind the... More

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