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A Point of View

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21st century Britain: a point of view from our fiercest and funniest critic The BBC Radio 4 series A Point of View has been on the air since 2007. Clive James was one of the most popular presenters, and now, for the first time, his original pieces - sixty in total - and previously unpublished postscripts are collected together in one volume. Read along with Clive James as he offers his informative, thought-provoking and entertaining insights into everything from wheelie bins to plastic surgery, Elizabeth Hurley to the Olympics, Britain's Got Talent to Damien Hirst, Harry Potter to giving up smoking - and plenty more besides.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 23mm | 295g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • PICADOR
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0330534394
  • 9780330534390
  • 119,420

Table of contents

Introduction - i: IntroductionUnit - 1: 2007 - SERIES ONEChapter - 1: Attack of the Wheelie Bins: on climate changeChapter - 2: The Mind's Construction in the Face: on plastic surgeryChapter - 3: Fidgets on the March: on pointless changesChapter - 4: Flying People, Flagrant Piffle: on martial artsChapter - 5: Nob Voices, Yob Voices: on social voicesChapter - 6: Because She's Worth It: on celebrity weddingsChapter - 7: Going for Gold: on the London OlympicsChapter - 8: Black Destiny: on black role modelsChapter - 9: Torture on 24: on torture and the mediaChapter - 10: Congratulations!: on scams, frauds and hoaxesUnit - 2: 2007 - SERIES TWOChapter - 11: Man-Made Beauty: on the built worldChapter - 12: Reflections on a Diamond Skull: on corporate artChapter - 13: Glider Shoes: on sailing sidewaysChapter - 14: Wimbledon Wisdom: on sports commentatorsChapter - 15: Helplessly Advanced: on clever machinesChapter - 16: Harry Potter Envy: on bestsellerdomChapter - 17: Smoking the Memory: on giving up smokingChapter - 18: Desirable Devices: on retributive technologyChapter - 19: Click on the Icon: on radiant facesChapter - 20: Clams are Happy: on the legitimacy of happinessUnit - 3: 2008 - SERIES ONEChapter - 21: Princes into Battle: on Prince Harry going to AfghanistanChapter - 22: Private Life: on the media's use of private and confidential correspondenceChapter - 23: State of Law: on the culture of compensationChapter - 24: Pedal Power: on Prime Ministerial transportChapter - 25: Terminal Terminal: on Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5Chapter - 26: Right on the Money: on fiddling with the coinageChapter - 27: Legal Dilemmas: on why we need dilemmasChapter - 28: Instructions to the Sea: on international political interventionChapter - 29: Snoop and Amy: on self-destructionChapter - 30: Gaffes: on politicians' gaffesUnit - 4: 2008 - SERIES TWOChapter - 31: How Rich Is Rich?: on wealth and powerChapter - 32: Changing the Government: on the American presidential electionChapter - 33: Robin the Hood: on a new concept of action moviesChapter - 34: Bad Language: on standards in broadcastingChapter - 35: Glamorizing Terror: on The Baader Meinhof ComplexChapter - 36: Writer's Room: on the inevitability of chaosChapter - 37: National Identity: on national pride and humourChapter - 38: Wrap It Up: on creativity and charity in a market economyChapter - 39: Jesus: on tolerance and ChristianityChapter - 40: New Year Prediction: on getting rich quickUnit - 5: 2009 - SERIES ONEChapter - 41: The Speeding Judge: on Australian judge Marcus EinfeldChapter - 42: High-Priced Porn: on the Home Secretary's expense claimsChapter - 43: Bright Side of the Cane Toad: on invasive predator speciesChapter - 44: Reputational Damage: on government additions to our languageChapter - 45: Britain Has Talent: on glamour versus talentChapter - 46: London Underground: on how the wealthy are improving their homesChapter - 47: Sheer Poetry: on the appointment of the new Poet LaureateChapter - 48: Expensive Mistakes: on the debacle of MPs' expensesChapter - 49: Feminism and Democracy: on the global responsibility of feminists in the WestChapter - 50: Feminism and Democracy: on the global responsibility of feminists in the WestChapter - 6: 2009 - SERIES TWOChapter - 51: The Golf-Ball Potato Crisp: on scepticism as a dutyChapter - 52: On Strike: on the postal workers' down-bagsChapter - 53: High Road to Xanadu: on the legalization of drugsChapter - 54: The Man on the Fourth Plinth: on the statue of Sir Keith ParkChapter - 55: Blog de Jour: on the self-marketing courtesanChapter - 56: Spirit of the Game: on keeping to the rulesChapter - 57: Impact: on a bad new idea for universitiesChapter - 58: Hermie's Ghost: on the global-warming debateChapter - 59: Option Swamp: on the benefits of human contactChapter - 60: Talking About Their Generation: the global-warming debate continueSection - ii: Conclusion
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'Smart and hilarious ... this is James at his entertaining best' Daily Express 'Irreverent and funny, clever without being cynical and not afraid to flex his wits on anything and everything' Daily Telegraph 'Warm, witty whiplash prose ... the talks read as well on the page as they sounded on the radio' Sunday Times
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About Clive James

Clive James is the author of more than thirty books. As well as essays, he has published collections of literary and television criticism, travel writing, verse and novels, plus five volumes of autobiography. As a television performer he appeared regularly for both the BBC and ITV, and has also been a regular presenter on BBC Radio -- including A Point of View. 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.
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