I bought his first autobiography An Unreliable Memoir for my E Reader, then realising I must have read the hard copy and donated it away.
He was a poet, and I liked some of his poetry, a literary critic, a novelist, a television critic.......the list of what he achieved is long.
I don't think we ever missed one of his tv shows. His Postcards from various countries were brilliant. He was erudite, funny and didn't really take himself too seriously. While his tv show was good and tightly edited, they covered many areas, from political comment, pithy observations to self harming Japanese game shows. In the days before the internet, we couldn't see anything like the Japanese game shows.
He was just brilliant and if you saw The Clive James Show broadcast in Britain by ITV and here by our ABC, you won't have forgotten Margarita Pracatan. When we used to visit Prahran Market, at times their was a foursome of musicians who would perform. We would say, oh
This is an ITV tribute.
Before the days of the internet and Youtube, he showed us what was on Japanese television.
His regular performer, Margarita Pracatan along with Liza Minnelli. I don't think you can't sing as badly as Margarita does unless you can sing well.