Even As We Speak

Clive James

30 January 2014
400 pages


Effervescent, energetic and eclectic, Even As We Speak collects the best of Clive James on art, culture and politics from 1993–2001. This is one of the late twentieth century's finest minds on show.

From the Olympics to the British monarchy to Australian culture, and from icons of the century to the role of the ordinary German in the holocaust, this is a wide-ranging and thought-provoking selection of Clive at his best.

This collection includes his compelling, much-discussed piece written shortly after the death of someone he knew personally – Diana, Princess of Wales.

Whether the reader is discovering him for the first time, or revisiting classic pieces, Even As We Speak is a compelling collection from a much-loved figure in British – and Australian – culture.

Clive James
(1939–2019) was a broadcaster, critic, poet, memoirist and novelist. His much-loved, influential and hilarious television criticism is available both in individual volumes and collected in Clive James On Television. His encyclopaedic study of culture and politics in the twentieth century, Cultural Amnesia, remains perhaps the definitive embodiment of his wide-ranging talents as a critic.

Praise for Clive James:

'The perfect critic' – A.O. Scott, New York Times

'There can't be many writers of my generation who haven't been heavily influenced by Clive James' – Charlie Brooker

'A wonderfully witty and intelligent writer' – Verity Lambert