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A Point of View Clive James

A Point of View By Clive James

A Point of View by Clive James


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The book of the radio series.

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A Point of View by Clive James

The BBC Radio 4 series A Point of View has been on the air since 2007. Over the years, it's had a variety of presenters - including the national treasure that is Clive James - talking for ten minutes about anything and everything that has captured their imagination, piqued their interest, raised their blood pressure or just downright incensed them that week.

Clive James was one of the favourite presenters, and now, for the first time, his original pieces - sixty in total - and all-new postscripts are collected together in one volume.

Read along with Clive James as he reflects on everything from wheelie bins to plastic surgery, Elizabeth Hurley to the Olympics, 24 to Damien Hirst, Harry Potter to giving up smoking, car parks to Chinese elections, Britain's Got Talent to the expenses scandal - and plenty more besides.

Essentially a chronicle of life in twenty-first-century Britain, A Point of View is informed and informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking - but above all, entertaining. In fact, in short, it's a damn good read.

About Clive James

Clive James is the author of more than forty books. As well as essays, he has published collections of literary and television criticism, travel writing, verse and novels, plus five volumes of autobiography, Unreliable Memoirs, Falling Towards England, May Week Was In June, North Face of Soho and The Blaze of Obscurity. As a television performer he appeared regularly for both the BBC and ITV, most notably as writer and presenter of the Postcard series of travel documentaries. His popular Radio 4 series A Point of View has been published in volume form. He has also published several poetry collections, a verse commentary of Proust, Gate of Lilacs, and a translation of Dante's The Divine Comedy. In 1992 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia and in 2003 he was awarded the Philip Hodgins memorial medal for literature. He holds honorary doctorates from Sydney University and the University of East Anglia. In 2012 he was appointed CBE and in 2013 an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Table of Contents

    • Introduction - i: Introduction
  • Unit - 1: 2007 - SERIES ONE
  • Chapter - 1: Attack of the Wheelie Bins: on climate change
  • Chapter - 2: The Mind's Construction in the Face: on plastic surgery
  • Chapter - 3: Fidgets on the March: on pointless changes
  • Chapter - 4: Flying People, Flagrant Piffle: on martial arts
  • Chapter - 5: Nob Voices, Yob Voices: on social voices
  • Chapter - 6: Because She's Worth It: on celebrity weddings
  • Chapter - 7: Going for Gold: on the London Olympics
  • Chapter - 8: Black Destiny: on black role models
  • Chapter - 9: Torture on 24: on torture and the media
  • Chapter - 10: Congratulations!: on scams, frauds and hoaxes
  • Unit - 2: 2007 - SERIES TWO
  • Chapter - 11: Man-Made Beauty: on the built world
  • Chapter - 12: Reflections on a Diamond Skull: on corporate art
  • Chapter - 13: Glider Shoes: on sailing sideways
  • Chapter - 14: Wimbledon Wisdom: on sports commentators
  • Chapter - 15: Helplessly Advanced: on clever machines
  • Chapter - 16: Harry Potter Envy: on bestsellerdom
  • Chapter - 17: Smoking the Memory: on giving up smoking
  • Chapter - 18: Desirable Devices: on retributive technology
  • Chapter - 19: Click on the Icon: on radiant faces
  • Chapter - 20: Clams are Happy: on the legitimacy of happiness
  • Unit - 3: 2008 - SERIES ONE
  • Chapter - 21: Princes into Battle: on Prince Harry going to Afghanistan
  • Chapter - 22: Private Life: on the media's use of private and confidential correspondence
  • Chapter - 23: State of Law: on the culture of compensation
  • Chapter - 24: Pedal Power: on Prime Ministerial transport
  • Chapter - 25: Terminal Terminal: on Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5
  • Chapter - 26: Right on the Money: on fiddling with the coinage
  • Chapter - 27: Legal Dilemmas: on why we need dilemmas
  • Chapter - 28: Instructions to the Sea: on international political intervention
  • Chapter - 29: Snoop and Amy: on self-destruction
  • Chapter - 30: Gaffes: on politicians' gaffes
  • Unit - 4: 2008 - SERIES TWO
  • Chapter - 31: How Rich Is Rich?: on wealth and power
  • Chapter - 32: Changing the Government: on the American presidential election
  • Chapter - 33: Robin the Hood: on a new concept of action movies
  • Chapter - 34: Bad Language: on standards in broadcasting
  • Chapter - 35: Glamorizing Terror: on The Baader Meinhof Complex
  • Chapter - 36: Writer's Room: on the inevitability of chaos
  • Chapter - 37: National Identity: on national pride and humour
  • Chapter - 38: Wrap It Up: on creativity and charity in a market economy
  • Chapter - 39: Jesus: on tolerance and Christianity
  • Chapter - 40: New Year Prediction: on getting rich quick
  • Unit - 5: 2009 - SERIES ONE
  • Chapter - 41: The Speeding Judge: on Australian judge Marcus Einfeld
  • Chapter - 42: High-Priced Porn: on the Home Secretary's expense claims
  • Chapter - 43: Bright Side of the Cane Toad: on invasive predator species
  • Chapter - 44: Reputational Damage: on government additions to our language
  • Chapter - 45: Britain Has Talent: on glamour versus talent
  • Chapter - 46: London Underground: on how the wealthy are improving their homes
  • Chapter - 47: Sheer Poetry: on the appointment of the new Poet Laureate
  • Chapter - 48: Expensive Mistakes: on the debacle of MPs' expenses
  • Chapter - 49: Feminism and Democracy: on the global responsibility of feminists in the West
  • Chapter - 50: Feminism and Democracy: on the global responsibility of feminists in the West
  • Chapter - 6: 2009 - SERIES TWO
  • Chapter - 51: The Golf-Ball Potato Crisp: on scepticism as a duty
  • Chapter - 52: On Strike: on the postal workers' down-bags
  • Chapter - 53: High Road to Xanadu: on the legalization of drugs
  • Chapter - 54: The Man on the Fourth Plinth: on the statue of Sir Keith Park
  • Chapter - 55: Blog de Jour: on the self-marketing courtesan
  • Chapter - 56: Spirit of the Game: on keeping to the rules
  • Chapter - 57: Impact: on a bad new idea for universities
  • Chapter - 58: Hermie's Ghost: on the global-warming debate
  • Chapter - 59: Option Swamp: on the benefits of human contact
  • Chapter - 60: Talking About Their Generation: the global-warming debate continue
    • Section - ii: Conclusion

Additional information

GOR010356410
9780330534383
0330534386
A Point of View by Clive James
Used - Like New
Hardback
Pan Macmillan
2011-11-04
368
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