The Crystal Bucket

Clive James

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08 October 2015
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The second instalment in Clive James’s TV criticism collection – The Crystal Bucket - earned him the title ‘Critic of the Year’ by the British Press Awards. Taking its title from Walter Raleigh’s The Passionate Man’s Pilgrimage and is dedicated to the poet Peter Porter.

C.J. didn’t get where he is today just by being funny. He is humane, liberal and compassionate . . . What he writes is always pertinent and always witty . . We own him a deep debt of gratitude

Gavin Ewart - Listener

Few critics have a more unerring ear for woolliness and doubletalk or a more scathing and entertaining way of dealing with it

Lesley Garner - Good Housekeeping

He is one of the most remarkable figures in British cultural life at the moment: a poet and gifted literary critic who is also genuinely liked by the mass audience

Michael Mason - London Review of Books