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The River in the Sky

(2018)
A collection of poems by

 
 
'One of the most important and influential writers of our time' Sunday Times

Clive James has been close to death for several years, and he has written about the experience in a series of deeply moving poems. In Sentenced to Life, he was clear-sighted as he faced the end, honest about his regrets. In Injury Time, he wrote about living well in the time remaining, focusing our attention on the joys of family and art, and celebrating the immediate beauty of the world.

At the opening of The River in the Sky, a book-length poem, we find James in ill health but high spirits. Although his body traps him in his Cambridge house, his mind is free to roam.

The River in the Sky takes us on a grand tour of 'the fragile treasures of his life'. Animated by powerful recollections, James presents a flowing stream of vivid images. He moves from emotionally resonant personal moments, such as listening to jazz records with his future wife, to unforgettable encounters with all kinds of culture: Beethoven's Ninth Symphony sits alongside 'YouTube's vast cosmopolis'.

As ever with James, he shares his passions with enormous generosity, making brilliant and original connections, and fearlessly tackling the biggest questions: the meaning of life and how to live it. In the end, what emerges from this autobiographical epic is a soaring work of exceptional depth and overwhelming feeling, a new marvel for the modern age.



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Hardback Editions

October 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The River in the Sky: A Poem
Author(s): Clive James
ISBN: 1-63149-473-2 / 978-1-63149-473-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Liveright
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September 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: The River in the Sky
Author(s): Clive James
ISBN: 1-5098-8723-7 / 978-1-5098-8723-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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September 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The River in the Sky
Author(s): Clive James
ISBN: 1-5098-8721-0 / 978-1-5098-8721-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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October 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The River in the Sky: A Poem
Author(s): Clive James
Publisher: Liveright
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September 2018 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The River in the Sky
Author(s): Clive James
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK