Poetry aside*, Clive James is one of my favourite writers. Lately, in his self-acknowledged twilight years, he’s taken to producing volumes of essays on all kinds of topics. Play All collects his thoughts on box sets of TV series ranging from The West Wing to Breaking Bad to Game of Thrones.
Since I can never get enough of a fellow fan’s thoughts on films/TV series, this book’s a double pleasure. It offers Clive James’ graceful, fluid writing. And it’s about practically every TV series I’ve watched and enjoyed over the past 10 years. I went through it in a day – binge-reading, if you like. Just terrific.
* I liked the lyrics he wrote for Pete Atkin back in the 70s. I still do. But I just can’t get into his poetry. Never could.