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Description - Falling Towards England by Clive James

"A comic triumph, full of terrific jokes and brilliantly sustained setpieces" Ian Hamilton, London Review of Books

When we last met our hero in Unreliable Memoirs, he had set sail from Sydney Harbour bound for London, fame and fortune. Idealistic and uncompromising, if short on cash, he planned to engage himself in a low-paying menial job by day and to compose poetical masterpieces by night. Having promised himself he would never succumb to such stop-gap occupations as publishing or advertising, he was happily unsuccessful in landing in either job - at least initially. Positions with London Transport and as a wine expert were likewise denied him. Scarcely daunted, he moved purposefully beyond 'the Valley of Kangaroos' (otherwise known as Earl's Court) into a bed and breakfast in a Swiss Cottage where he thoughtfully practised the Twist in his room, anticipated the poetical masterpieces and worried a little about his wardrobe.

PRAISE FOR CLIVE JAMES

"James' wickedly funny jokes and jibes make you laugh out loud and feel warm to the man. No wonder women wanted to feed him greens, and men lend him money" The Times

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780330294379
ISBN-10: 0330294377
Format: Paperback / softback
(196mm x 130mm x 12mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Picador
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publish Date: 7-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Clive James

Clive James is the author of more than forty books. As well as his memoirs, which began with Unreliable Memoirs, he has published essays, literary and television criticism, travel writing, verse and novels. 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. In 1992 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia and in 2003 he was awarded the Philip Hodgins memorial medal for literature. His work includes Cultural Amnesia, Poetry Notebook and his own translation of Dante's The Divine Comedy.

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