With an introduction by P. J. O'Rourke
'Do not read this book in public. You will risk severe internal injuries from trying to suppress your laughter.' Sunday Times
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 the first instalment of Clive James's memoirs we follow the young Clive on his journey from boyhood to the cusp of manhood, when his days of wearing short trousers are finally behind him. Battling with school, girls, various relatives and an overwhelming desire to be a superhero, Clive's adventures growing up in the suburbs of post-war Sydney are hair-raising, uproarious and almost too good to be true . . .
Told with James's unassailable sense of humour and self-effacing charm, Unreliable Memoirs is a hilarious and touching introduction to the story of a national treasure. A million-copy bestseller, this classic memoir is a celebration of life in all its unpredictable glory.
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You can't put it down once started. Its addictive powers stun all normal, decent resistance within seconds. Not to be missed
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
James cannot find it within himself to write a dull paragraph
Very, very few of us have the gift of articulacy that was bestowed on Clive James