#1 in series

Unreliable Memoirs

Book 1 in the series

3.89 based on 1908 ratings & 106 reviews on Goodreads.com

Publication date: 07.11.2008
ISBN: 9780330264631
Number of pages: 192


‘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 Unreliable Memoirs, the first instalment of Clive James’s memoirs, we meet the young Clive, dressed in short trousers, and wrestling with the demands of school, various relatives and the occasional snake, in the suburbs of post-war Sydney. His adventures are hilarious, his recounting of them even more so, in this – the book that started it all . . .

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Very, very few of us have the gift of articulacy that was bestowed on Clive James
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
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.
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