Released on 15 December 2014.

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Unreliable Memoirs

Picador Classic

3.9 based on 2067 ratings & 118 reviews on Goodreads.com

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

Very, very few of us have the gift of articulacy that was bestowed on Clive James
Independent
Of James's jokes it is hard to find anything adequate to say. They are so funny that you had better not read the book on a train, unless you are unselfconscious about shrieking and snorting in public. They are vivid, cumulative and full of surprises
Observer
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