A literary polymath, Australian writer Clive James has, over a long and productive career, worked variously as a poet, critic, television presenter, novelist and memoirist. Born in Sydney James has lived in the United Kingdom since 1962 and began his career writing criticism for newspapers, editorials and periodicals, notably writing anonymously as “The Metropolitan Critic” for the Times Literary Supplement and penning a weekly television column for The Observer. As a novelist, his works include the bestsellers Brilliant Creatures and The Silver Castle and his memoirs and essay collections include Unreliable Memoirs and Cultural Amnesia. A gifted and highly acclaimed poet - sometimes compared with Philip Larkin - James’s collections of verse include Poetry Notebook, Collected Poems, Sentenced to Life, Injury Time and 2018’s The River in the Sky.
A love letter from one of the world's best living writers to one of its most cherished poets.
Clive James is a life-long admirer of the work of Philip Larkin. Somewhere Becoming Rain gathers all of James's writing on this towering literary figure of the twentieth century, together with extra material now published for the first time.