Jan Morris

Jan Morris

by Paul Clements

Editorial Reviews

Irish Times

“. . . the life and substantial literary output of Jan Morris deserve more. In Paul Clements's lively book - not a biography, but the first major study of this renowned author - they are given comprehensive coverage, and she emerges as a passionate, driven character, ever open to new experience, and literally full of the joys of life.” –Irish Times


“Clements has done a scholarly job of producing a catalogue of Morris’s works and has succeeded in giving readers, old and new, a flavour of her voice and concerns. This includes his attention to what he brilliantly refers to as her characteristic ‘word-smithery’. He also answers the inevitable readers’ question, ‘from where does she derive this wealth of information?’: ‘she peruses telephone directories for information on local names, copies down graffiti and inscriptions from war memorials and gravestones . . .’ (p. 86). Finally, a journalist himself, Clements is at his finest when tracing the influence of Morris’s own journalistic background on her travel writing.” –www.gwales.com

Irish News

“. . . the first major study of Jan Morris, a fascinating examination of her writing and her extraordinary life.” –Irish News


“. . . extremely well-researched . . .” –Planet

New Welsh Review

“Clements has a light, fast style, and does a good job of balancing the parts . . .” –New Welsh Review

Product Details

University of Wales Press
Publication date:
University of Wales Press - Writers of Wales Series
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Clements is a BBC radio and television journalist based at BBC Belfast. He has also worked for the BBC World Service and BBC Television News in London. He also sits on the National Executive Council for the National Union of Journalists, as well as its Broadcasting Industrial Council. He is a Fellow of Green College, Oxford. he lives in Belfast and he was born in Augher, County Tyrone. His previous publications include Irish Shores: a Journey Round the Rim of Ireland.

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