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North Face of Soho | [Clive James]

North Face of Soho

After Unreliable Memoirs, Falling Towards England, and May Week Was in June comes the next instalment in the ongoing saga that is Clive James's life. His fourth volume of autobiography is every bit as eventful, entertaining, engrossing, and honest as the previous three.
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Publisher's Summary

After Unreliable Memoirs, Falling Towards England, and May Week Was in June comes the next instalment in the ongoing saga that is Clive James's life. His fourth volume of autobiography is every bit as eventful, entertaining, engrossing, and honest as the previous three.

At the very end of May Week Was in June, we left our hero sitting beside the River Cam one beautiful spring day in 1968, jotting down his thoughts in a journal. Newly married and about to leave the cloistered world of Cambridge academia for the racier, glossier life promised by literary London, he was, so he informed his journal, reasonably satisfied. With his criticism beginning to appear in magazines and newspapers, such as the New Statesman, and his poetry published in Carcanet, as well as a play then being performed to rave reviews at the Arts Theatre, James had good reason to be content. But what happened next?

This is the question posed, and answered, by North Face of Soho.

©2006 Clive James; (P)2006 Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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    Larkin pleasant hill, CA, USA 05-23-08
    Larkin pleasant hill, CA, USA 05-23-08
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    "no r"

    I enjoyed the book, in spite of being largely unfamiliar with the subject. This was due to the flow of James' narrative and his humor. However, some one should tell him that Bix Biderbecke's last name does not end in an 'r'.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Bob
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    1/8/09
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    "er, um, well, great"

    Witty, clever, interesting, enlightening, moving, and amusing. What more can you ask for in a memoir?

    Classic Clive James; he could make a walk around the block to get a paper, a packet of fags, and a pint of milk into a best seller.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M. Sullivan
    Sussex, England
    3/4/15
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    "Always witty"
    If you could sum up North Face of Soho in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, interesting and educational.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of North Face of Soho?

    His editorial exploits in London.


    What does Clive James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His own voice used, tell it how he meant it to sound.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Bold, Brave and Humble


    Any additional comments?

    Great Read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dinah
    United Kingdom
    10/25/14
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    "Clive James on Top Form. What More Could We Ask?"
    What made the experience of listening to North Face of Soho the most enjoyable?

    Clive James is such a brilliant and funny writer and an iconic and distinctive narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of North Face of Soho?

    I loved the stories of Clive James growing up with his mother and his memories of his childhood in Australia.


    Which character – as performed by Clive James – was your favourite?

    His observations on the 'famous,' particularly celebrities and movie stars are brilliant. His story about meeting and interviewing Burt Lancaster on set with Michael Winner was wonderful.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Those of us who grew up with TV from the 1970's, 80's & 90's just love to listen to Clive James. This book will cause laughter and some sorrow, and then laughter again.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you so much for giving us this as an audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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