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5.0 out of 5 stars Completely unreliable
Your perception of Clive James may be of him as a man who preceded Angus Deayton as the witty and erudite host of a range of travelogues and TV shows. If that is the extent of your knowledge of him, you're denying yourself a great pleasure.
This is not to say that his is a life worth knowing about. It isn't even his own life that you are presented with in Always...
Published on 31 Dec 2004 by L. Richardson

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3.0 out of 5 stars The First Garry Bushell
Clive James was the in the 70s and 80s the best Television pundit in the world.
He was followed by Nina Myskow and then eclipsed bt Garry Bushell.
But this is still a great read and a fitting tribute. As is Bushell Off THe Box by Garry Johnson a fantastic tribute to Mr Bushell.
Clive James is a legend and should be back on TV.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely unreliable, 31 Dec 2004
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L. Richardson "LR" (Hampshire) - See all my reviews
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Your perception of Clive James may be of him as a man who preceded Angus Deayton as the witty and erudite host of a range of travelogues and TV shows. If that is the extent of your knowledge of him, you're denying yourself a great pleasure.
This is not to say that his is a life worth knowing about. It isn't even his own life that you are presented with in Always Unreliable. It is, at best, a close proximation of the life he wishes to live. James frequently alludes to a dislocated sense and of wishing he were freer to choose his own course within that which he had chosen. He's written about an idealised version of the path he took.
These memoirs, though, are riddled with intelligence, eloquence, wit and a fine eye for the absurdities of the immigrant wanderer in a country which the displaced Australian finds strangely underdeveloped.
There is a strong sense of hurt and broken dreams in this - never more so when James is moved to describe the dreadful flooding in his beloved Florence. He does, in fact, spend a considerable length of time mourning: for his treatment of his mother, for her loss of her husband and James' father, for the few women in his life.
These volumes need time but you will frequently spot the turn of phrase for which James became famous. If your experience of reading these memoirs does not endear you to this singular man, you will surely grasp that here is one of the great Australian writers in rare form - self deprecation really suits him - and you will wish to read more of his startling, literary intellect.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended, 18 Oct 2005
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Dr. B. Heath (Uk) - See all my reviews
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The first of these three volumes was included in the fifty most 'purely enjoyable' reads of the last century chosen by literary critic John Carey. On the basis of this I bought a copy of 'Always Unreliable' at the airport to read on the beach last year. I'm so glad I did; this book genuinely made my week in the sun very special and I more than agreed with Prof Carey's assessment. This is a wonderful book on many levels and something of a surprise to someone who's previous experience of Clive James was his TV shows. As you might expect its sharp and witty and in places hysterically funny, but its also very moving, very clever, amd very well written. Treat yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 2 Dec 2009
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A. Sweeney "NO40" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This is simply a combination of Clive James' autobiographical trilogy and seeing they are all worth buying then this is a fantastic bargain. One suggestion, start by reading the second book first, Falling Towards England, then read the first book and then the last one. The reason for this is that the second book is the best, just by a little, and its gets you into his style. If you are going on holiday or want a good long read that will eagerly beaver through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great !, 12 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Always Unreliable: Memoirs (Kindle Edition)
Wonderful writing. Re-reading these memoirs and even better the second time around. He has a wonderful command of the language.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mr James at his very best, 22 Oct 2013
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One of the funniest men in the World, this collection by the great man is not to be missed. This copy had seen better days, and the description of the condition was a little bit of fiction in its own right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, funny ,touching, beautifully written, 7 Oct 2013
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The 3 first of his volumes of his biography, beautifully written, inteligent, funny, self depricating. In fact well worth the investment of time and effort; totaly rewarding .
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5.0 out of 5 stars HUGELY entertaining, 18 Aug 2008
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I didn't grow up with Clive James. I was vaguely aware of him from the telly, but nothing more than that. And his life has not been that exciting - childhood in Australia before moving to England. Not, on the face of it, much cause for me to read this book (a collection of his assorted volumes of "unreliable memoirs")

But these memories are wonderful, and the telling even more so. Funny, touching, heartfelt and, more than anything, hugely readable and entertaining. Not a demanding book, but a very enjoyable one. Really, really good; highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The First Garry Bushell, 1 April 2008
Clive James was the in the 70s and 80s the best Television pundit in the world.
He was followed by Nina Myskow and then eclipsed bt Garry Bushell.
But this is still a great read and a fitting tribute. As is Bushell Off THe Box by Garry Johnson a fantastic tribute to Mr Bushell.
Clive James is a legend and should be back on TV.
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