An expatriate Australian broadcast personality and author of cultural criticism, memoir, fiction, travelogue and poetry. Translator of Dante.

Books in order of publication:

Visions Before Midnight1977
Unreliable Memoirs (Unreliable Memoirs # 1)1980
The Crystal Bucket: Television Criticism from “The Observer,” 1976-791981
Glued to the Box: Television Criticism from The Observer, 1979–821982
Brilliant Creatures1983
Falling Towards England (Unreliable Memoirs # 2)1985
Flying Visits: Postcards From The Observer 1976-83 (Picador Books)1985
Snakecharmers in Texas1988
May Week Was in June (Unreliable Memoirs # 3)1990
Brrm! Brrm!1991
Clive James on Television: Criticism from the Observer, 1972–19821991
The Silver Castle1996
Reliable Essays: The Best of Clive James2001
Even As We Speak: New Essays 1993-20012001
As of This Writing: The Essential Essays, 1968-20022003
The Meaning of Recognition2005
North Face of Soho (Unreliable Memoirs # 4)2006
Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts2007
Opal Sunset: Selected Poems, 1958-20082008
The Blaze of Obscurity (Unreliable Memoirs #5)2009
The Revolt of the Pendulum: Essays 2005-20082009
A Point of View2011
Nefertiti in the Flak Tower: Poems2012
Cultural Cohesion: The Essential Essays2013
The Divine Comedy2013
Poetry Notebook: 2006–20142014
Latest Readings2015
Inferno2015
Sentenced to Life: Poems2015
Poetry Notebook: Reflections on the Intensity of Language2015
Play All: A Bingewatcher’s Notebook2016
Injury Time2017
The River in the Sky2018
Somewhere Becoming Rain: Collected Writings on Philip Larkin2019