At the very end of May Week Was in June, we left our hero sitting beside the River Cam one beautiful spring day in 1968, jotting down his thoughts in a journal. Newly married and about to leave the cloistered world of Cambridge academia for the racier, glossier life promised by literary London, he was, so he informed his journal, reasonably satisfied. With his criticism beginning to appear in magazines and newspapers, such as the New Statesman, and his poetry published in Carcanet, as well as a play then being performed to rave reviews at the Arts Theatre, James had good reason to be content. But what happened next?
This is the question posed, and answered, by North Face of Soho.
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A fabulous yarn, read by Clive himself. This is as enjoyable an audiobook as you'll ever hear. Self-deprecating to a fault James takes us through his early career as he lurches from failure to success and back again
"Unreliable Memoirs" and "Falling Towards England" by the same author, or any of his other autobiographical books
All of Clive James' prose is excellent, especially his volumes of memoirs. This one is as good as any of the others
Clive's wordplay is delightful as always and there are numerous laugh-out-loud moments. Told in his familiar laconic Aussie drawl I was hooked from start to finish
James uses words as deftly as a surgeon wields his scalpel: with unerring skill and pinpoint precision. The countless laughs are just a bonus
I enjoyed the book, in spite of being largely unfamiliar with the subject. This was due to the flow of James' narrative and his humor. However, some one should tell him that Bix Biderbecke's last name does not end in an 'r'.
"er, um, well, great"
Witty, clever, interesting, enlightening, moving, and amusing. What more can you ask for in a memoir?
Classic Clive James; he could make a walk around the block to get a paper, a packet of fags, and a pint of milk into a best seller.
Funny, interesting and educational.
His editorial exploits in London.
His own voice used, tell it how he meant it to sound.
Bold, Brave and Humble
"Clive James on Top Form. What More Could We Ask?"
Clive James is such a brilliant and funny writer and an iconic and distinctive narrator.
I loved the stories of Clive James growing up with his mother and his memories of his childhood in Australia.
His observations on the 'famous,' particularly celebrities and movie stars are brilliant. His story about meeting and interviewing Burt Lancaster on set with Michael Winner was wonderful.
Those of us who grew up with TV from the 1970's, 80's & 90's just love to listen to Clive James. This book will cause laughter and some sorrow, and then laughter again.
Thank you so much for giving us this as an audio book.
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