Clive James

Fire of Joy

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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


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