The Blaze of Obscurity

The Blaze of Obscurity

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a€˜I was never alone except in the toilet, where I soon found that locking myself into a cubicle was not much protection from hearing myself talked about by young men standing at urinals. (a€œJesus, hea€™s looking rough.a€ a€œAnd ita€™s only Monday.a€) Reviews for Clive Jamesa€™s fourth volume of memoirs, North Face of Soho, included several that specifically requested a further volume; Clive James duly obliged and here, in all its glory, is a€˜Unreliable Memoirs Va€™, otherwise known as The Blaze of Obscurity. Perhaps his most brilliant book yet, The Blaze of Obscurity tells the inside story of his years in television: part Clive James on TV and part Clive James on TV, it shows Clive James on top form a€“ both then and now. a€˜In the case of many people who attempt an autobiography even a single volume is one too many . . . In the case of Clive James, the volumes now in existence are too few. If the final tally puts him up there with Marcel Proust, so much the bettera€™ Financial TimesWith a cameraman, a sound man and a lighting man all crammed into the back of our Mini, Stirling came up with one line after another that we could put straight to air. I dona#39;t ... Then let in the clutch and youa#39;re already accelerating into the turn.

Title:The Blaze of Obscurity
Author:Clive James
Publisher:Pan Macmillan - 2009-10-02


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