Books: Medusa Touch Falling Towards England

by Clive James Norton; 192 pages; $15.95

Sexual intercourse began, as we know from Philip Larkin's famous lament, "In nineteen sixty-three/ (Which was rather late for me) -- / Between the end of the Chatterley ban/ And the Beatles' first LP." It was just in time, however, for Clive James, who arrived in London from Australia in 1962 seeking literary fame, the socialist millennium, bohemian good times and the love of beautiful women, not necessarily in that order. Eventually James would become a successful Fleet Street journalist-critic and a popular panelist on British TV. But for now his ambition was "to take a lowpaying menial job during the...

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