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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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Summary

An irreverent guide to to life in the 21st century.

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A Point of View by Clive James

21st century Britain: a point of view from Clive James, one of the fiercest and funniest critics.

The BBC Radio 4 series A Point of View has been on the air since 2007. Clive James was one of the most popular presenters, and here his original pieces - sixty in total - and previously unpublished postscripts are collected together in one volume.

Read along with Clive James as he offers his informative, thought-provoking and entertaining insights into everything from wheelie bins to plastic surgery, Elizabeth Hurley to the Olympics, Britain's Got Talent to Damien Hirst, Harry Potter to giving up smoking - and plenty more besides.

A Point of View Reviews

'Smart and hilarious . . . this is James at his entertaining best' Daily Express
'Irreverent and funny, clever without being cynical and not afraid to flex his wits on anything and everything' Daily Telegraph
'Warm, witty whiplash prose . . . the talks read as well on the page as they sounded on the radio' Sunday Times

About Clive James

Clive James was the multi-million-copy bestselling author of more than forty books. As well as his memoirs, he has published essays, literary and television criticism, travel writing, verse and novels. As a television performer he has appeared regularly for both the BBC and ITV, most notably as writer and presenter of the Postcard series of travel documentaries. 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 were shortlisted for many prizes. In 2012 he was appointed CBE and in 2013 an Officer of the Order of Australia. He died in 2019.

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

GOR004640145
9780330534390
0330534394
A Point of View by Clive James
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Pan Macmillan
2012-11-08
368
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