North Face of Soho

  • by Clive James
  • Narrated by Clive James
  • 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

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.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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.
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- Bob

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.

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- M. Sullivan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-06-2007
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.