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Ross Temple (threemonkeys) read 26lies and wrote,

I'm struck by the similarities between Ben Peek and Clive James. There is a certain physical similarity, a similar background in Sydney and both are too smart for their own good. Both have written autobiographies where truth becomes a slippery concept. In James' case he described it as "unreliable memoir". For Ben Peek, it is less and more than that and it is called twenty-six lies/one truth. A series of dictionary like entries derived from a blog meme. It tells a personal story, an autobiography and plays with the concepts of truth in literature. I really wish I had one of those "I hate Ben Peek" buttons. That way when people ask why I am wearing it, I can say that I don't hate his work at all and that you should be read it. To tell you the truth, I am a little surprised that I feel that way, but there you go.

I wonder if I can get James to endorse the book?

Actually, as an aside, I quite liked the first of James' autobiographies, Unreliable Memoirs. I always meant to read the rest, but never did.

Buy it from Wheatland Press, Amazon, and if you're in Australia, Agog! Press.


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Jun. 30th, 2007 06:31 am (UTC)
I can imagine you sympathising with this Clive James poem. :)
Jun. 30th, 2007 06:38 am (UTC)
heh. yeah, i've read that.
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