Reliable Essays: The Best of Clive James

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Pan Macmillan UK, Aug 1, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 350 pages
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Including his most memorable pieces - his 'Postcard from Rome', his observations on Margaret Thatcher, his insights into Heaney, Larkin and Orwell - this book also contains brilliantly funny examinations of characters like Barry Humphries, as well as showcasing James's more thoughtful, analytical side. From Germaine Greer to Marilyn Monroe, from the nature of celebrity to German culpability for the Holocaust, Reliable Essays is an unmissable collection from one of the best writers of our time.

'He has widened the "tonal range" of criticism, permitting it to be both sober and skittish, learned and lewd, rhetorically rambunctious and epigrammatically concise ... an intellectual as well as a joker, a wise man as well as a wit' Peter Conrad, Observer

'His writing is impeccably witty, flexible and urbane ... immensely enjoyable to read. It's a pleasure to see the metropolitan critic back in action' Christopher Taylor, Sunday Telegraph

'He can both get to the heart of a subject and raise a laugh' Nicholas Lezard, Sunday Times

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About the author (2001)

Clive James is the author of more than twenty books. As well as three volumes of autobiography, Unreliable Memoirs, Falling Towards England and May Week Was In June, he has published collections of literary criticism, television criticism, verse and travel writing. His most recent novel was The Silver Castle. As a television performer he has appeared regularly for both the BBC and ITV, most notably as writer and presenter of the Postcard series of travel documentaries.

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