Fire of Joy
Clive James read, learned and recited poetry aloud for most of his life. In this book, completed before just before his death, he offers a selection of his favourite poems and a personal commentary on each.
The Fire of Joy is a proper pleasure.
Fun and fight-picking, wise and persuasive.
James loves a layman and, by the end, the layman certainly loves James.
“It’s a dipper,” said my husband, reading over my shoulder. If I wasn’t on review duty, that’s the way I’d read it: dipping in at random, at bedtime, a poem a night." - Laura Freeman, The Times