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Prospect - Clive James on Philip Larkin
« : 29.12.18 at 13:38 »
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In this podcast Sameer Rahim asks Clive James: what was Philip Larkin really like?.........  
 
Prospect Podcast
 
Begins @ 14:52
 
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Addendum

A life more ordinary: inside Philip Larkin’s extraordinary everyday by Clive James
December 11, 2018
 
Published in Mid-winter (Jan-Feb) 2019 issue of Prospect Magazine
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Re: Prospect - Clive James on Philip Larkin
« Reply #1: 05.10.19 at 15:09 »
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& in The Guardian
 
Clive James: ‘The most overrated books almost all emerged from a single genre – magic realism’
 
The author, critic and poet on reading Biggles as a child and his admiration for Philip Larkin
 

Clive James: “I can still quote whole scenes from Lucky Jim.’ Photograph: Alicia Canter/The Guardian
 
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The book I am currently reading
 
Mostly at this stage I am rereading myself, and finding something marvellous on every page. I’ve just received the advance copies of my new book about Philip Larkin, called Somewhere Becoming Rain. Holding it up to be observed at various angles, I gloat audibly. On a less self-involved note, I’ve just read Anne Applebaum’s Red Famine. Her clarity reminds me of Olivia Manning.
 
The book that changed my life
 
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis. I can still quote whole scenes from it. I read it in my early 20s, still a bit young to have fully understood that a book can be simultaneously entertaining and serious. Abruptly I realised that it could be a possible aim, for a writer, to raise a serious point and a laugh along with it.
 
The book I wish I’d written
 
I won’t say that I wish I’d written Larkin’s poems because I remain endlessly glad that he did.
 
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