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Unreliable Memoirs single work   autobiography   humour  
Is part of Unreliable Memoirs Clive James , 1980 series - author autobiography (number 1 in series)
Issue Details: First known date: 1980... 1980 Unreliable Memoirs
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'The first volume of Clive James's autobiography.

''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 meet the young Clive, dressed in short trousers, and wrestling with the demands of school, various relatives and the occasional snake, in the suburbs of post-war Sydney. His adventures are hilarious, his recounting of them even more so, in this - the book that started it all...

''You can't put it down once started. Its addictive powers stun all normal, decent resistance within seconds. Not to be missed' Sunday Times

'"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" Evening Standard' (Publication summary)

 

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
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      Jonathan Cape ,
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      Extent: 171p.
      ISBN: 0224018256
    • London,
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      Picador ,
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      Extent: 175p.
      ISBN: 033026463X
    • London,
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      Pan ,
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      Extent: 174p.
      ISBN: 033026463X
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Knopf ,
      1981 .
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      Extent: 171p.
      ISBN: 0394512634
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Always Unreliable : The Memoirs Clive James , London : Picador , 2001 Z946775 2001 selected work autobiography humour London : Picador , 2001 pg. 1-167
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      W. W. Norton ,
      2009 .
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      Extent: 222p.p.
      ISBN: 9780393336085, 0393336085
    • London,
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      Folio Society ,
      2010 .
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      Extent: xiii, 166p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Editor's note: This Folio Society edition is based on the first edition, with minor emendations.

    • London,
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      Picador ,
      2015 .
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      Extent: xiii, 184p.p.
      Edition info: Picador Classic ed.
      ISBN: 9781447275480, 1447275489

Other Formats

  • Also braille and sound recording.
  • Also large print.

Works about this Work

The Perfect Chaos Theory P.J. O'Rourke , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 February 2015; (p. 30-31) The Age , 21 February 2015; (p. 34)

— Review of Unreliable Memoirs Clive James , 1980 single work autobiography
'Clive James crafted an extraordinary memoir 35 years ago that remains unique in a crowded genre. celebrates ‘‘the best memoir in the world’’.'
A One-Man Writers' Festival Peter Kirkpatrick , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 204 2011; (p. 55-62)
Peter Kirkpatrick on the poetic ambitions of Clive James, celebrity.
Thinly Veiled Immodesty Rod Lockington , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Dotlit : The Online Journal of Creative Writing , August vol. 4 no. 1 2003;

— Review of Unreliable Memoirs Clive James , 1980 single work autobiography
Culture Vulture 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 19-20 May 2001; (p. 42)

— Review of Unreliable Memoirs Clive James , 1980 single work autobiography
The Awkward Sage : The Dislocations of Clive James Ian Britain , 1997 single work biography
— Appears in: Once an Australian : Journeys With Barry Humphries, Clive James, Germaine Greer and Robert Hughes 1997; (p. 84-124; notes 261-265)
Thinly Veiled Immodesty Rod Lockington , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Dotlit : The Online Journal of Creative Writing , August vol. 4 no. 1 2003;

— Review of Unreliable Memoirs Clive James , 1980 single work autobiography
[Review] Unreliable Memoirs Cliff Gillam , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , December vol. 25 no. 4 1980; (p. 86-88)

— Review of Unreliable Memoirs Clive James , 1980 single work autobiography
Culture Vulture 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 19-20 May 2001; (p. 42)

— Review of Unreliable Memoirs Clive James , 1980 single work autobiography
The Perfect Chaos Theory P.J. O'Rourke , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 February 2015; (p. 30-31) The Age , 21 February 2015; (p. 34)

— Review of Unreliable Memoirs Clive James , 1980 single work autobiography
'Clive James crafted an extraordinary memoir 35 years ago that remains unique in a crowded genre. celebrates ‘‘the best memoir in the world’’.'
y separately published work icon A Text Response Guide to Clive James' Unreliable Memoirs Ballarat : Wizard Books , 1993 Z1612101 1993 single work criticism
A One-Man Writers' Festival Peter Kirkpatrick , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 204 2011; (p. 55-62)
Peter Kirkpatrick on the poetic ambitions of Clive James, celebrity.
y separately published work icon 'An Ecstasy of Self-Consciousness' : The Clive James Phenomenon - Literary and Television Persona R. C. A. Leahy , Canberra : 1989 Z1845584 1989 single work thesis After examining several of James's autobiographical and fiction works, Leahy concludes that 'television is the medium that suits the Clive James phenomenon the best. It is on television that the mask looks and sounds the best, but where we rarely see the "unreliable" ventriloquist, only the dummy.'
The Kid from Kogarah Trudi McIntosh , 1980 single work biography criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 28-29 June 1980; (p. 9-10)
My Life as a Joke: Comic Australian Autobiography David McCooey , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Current Tensions : Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference : 6 - 11 July 1996 1996; (p. 57-63)
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