Clive James

Clive James

Clive James is the author of more than thirty books. As well as verse and novels, he has published collections of essays, literary criticism, television criticism and travel writing, plus four volumes of autobiography, hisUnreliable Memoirs. 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.


Friday poem: 'Hiatus'

Friday poem: 'Hiatus'

A Friday poem from Clive James' new collection of deeply moving and life-affirming poems Injury Time

Eight poems for Autumn

Eight poems for Autumn

A selection of our favourite poems about the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’.

Perfect wedding readings - poems to suit any couple

Perfect wedding readings - poems to suit any couple

Our pick of the most beautiful, moving and original verses ever written about love and marriage, from the romantic to the unusual and the traditional to the contemporary, there's something for every couple.

Friday poem: 'Early to Bed'

by Clive James

Old age is not my problem. Bad health, yes.
If I were well again, I’d walk for miles,
My name a synonym for tirelessness.

Friday poem: From The Divine Comedy

Hell: Canto 1, lines 1  27

by Dante Alighieri, translated by Clive James

At the mid-point of the path through life, I found
Myself lost in a wood so dark, the way
Ahead was blotted out. 

A Friday poem by Clive James

Time is a very hard thing to write about well, yet this poem makes it seem so simple. It lures you into thinking it will be about the majesty of nature – which it is, in a way – before grabbing your ideas and your all too believing eyes and throwing them aside.

Three Picador books on the Costa shortlists

Three Picador books on the Costa shortlists

Kate Clanchy's Meeting the English shortlisted for the Costa First Novel; Robin Robertson's Hill of Doors and Clive James's translation of Dante's The Divine Comedy on the Costa Poetry shortlist.

In awe of authors

As an editor, you work with all kinds of authors. Sometimes, you're lucky enough to work with authors you've previously read and admired - and, occasionally, you get to work with someone you've even, perhaps, been slightly - or maybe completely - in awe of.

Cultural Amnesia: the ebook

Cultural Amnesia: the ebook

When Cultural Amnesia was launched last year I wasn't sure that it would even float. It was a pleasant surprise to see it steaming off in the direction of every horizon at once.