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- Publisher: WW Norton & Co
- Format: Paperback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 203mm x 23mm | 181g
- Publication date: 18 May 2009
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0393336085
- ISBN 13: 9780393336085
- Sales rank: 7,791
Before James Frey famously fabricated his memoir, Clive James wrote a refreshingly candid book that made no claims to be accurate, precise, or entirely truthful, only to entertain. In an exercise of literary exorcism, James set out to put his childhood in Australia behind him by rendering it as part novel, part memoir. Now, nearly thirty years after it first came out in England, Unreliable Memoirs is again available to American readers and sure to attract a whole new generation that has, through his essays and poetry, come to love James's inimitable voice.
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Born in Australia, Clive James lives in Cambridge, England. He is the author of Unreliable Memoirs; a volume of selected poems, Opal Sunset; the best-selling Cultural Amnesia; and the translator of The Divine Comedy by Dante. He has written for the New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic. He is an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).
"Do not read this book in public. You will risk severe internal injuries from trying to suppress your laughter... What's worse, you can't put it down once started. Its addictive powers stun all normal decent resistance within seconds. Not to be missed."