Clive James is the multi-million-copy bestselling author of more than forty books. His poetry collection Sentenced to Life and his translation of Dante's The Divine Comedy were both Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, and his collections of verse have been shortlisted for many prizes. In 2012 he was appointed CBE and in 2013 an Officer of the Order of Australia.
Few contemporary critics display the passionate commitment to the
idea of poetry, and to the idea of poetry's centrality to civilized
life, that James does -- John Banville * New York Review of Books
One of the most important and influential writers of our time -- Bryan Appleyard * Sunday Times *