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by Clive James

Hardback Publication Date: 03/08/2015

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In 2010, Clive James was diagnosed with terminal leukemia.

Deciding that if you don t know the exact moment when the lights will go out, you might as well read until they do, James moved his library to his house in Cambridge, where he would live, read, and perhaps even write. James is the award-winning author of dozens ofworks of literary criticism, poetry, and history, and this volume contains his reflections on what may well be his last reading list. A look at some of James s old favorites as well as some of his recent discoveries, this book also offers a revealing look at the author himself, sharing his evocative musings on literature and family, and on living and dying.

As thoughtful and erudite as the works of Alberto Manguel, and as moving and inspiring as Randy Pausch s "The Last Lecture" and Will Schwalbe s "The End of Your Life Book Club, " this valediction to James s lifelong engagement with the written word is a captivating valentine from one of the great literary minds of our time."

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Literature: history & criticism
Publication Date:
Yale University Press
Country of origin:
United States
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Clive James

Clive James is the multi-million-copy bestselling author of more than forty books. His poetry collection Sentenced to Life and his translation of Dante’s The Divine Comedy were both Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, and his collections of verse have been shortlisted for many prizes.

In 2012 he was appointed CBE and in 2013 an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Clive James passed away from cancer in November 2019.

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  • Great collection

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    Clive James' latest readings, shows that he hasn't lost any of his acerbic wit or spark that so many people have enjoyed over the years. Those who also follow his Guardian column will enjoy this book, great to dip in and out of.