Unreliable Memoirs

Picador Classic

3.9 based on 1944 ratings & 110 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 01.01.2015
ISBN: 9781447275480
Number of pages: 192

Synopsis

With an introduction by P. J. O'Rourke

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

In the media

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