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John Baxter (1) (1939–)

Autor(a) de A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict

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67+ Works 3,635 Membros 92 Reviews 2 Favorited

About the Author

John Baxter was born in Randwick, New South Wales in 1939. He is an Australian-born writer, journalist, and film-maker. He has lived in Britain and the U.S. as well as in his native Sydney, but has made his home in Paris since 1989. He began writing science fiction in the early 1960s for New mostrar mais Worlds, Science Fantasy and other British magazines. His first novel was published as a book in the US by Ace as The Off-Worlders. He was Visiting Professor at Hollins College in Virginia in 1975-1976. He has written a number of short stories and novels in that genre and a book about SF in the movies, as well as editing collections of Australian science fiction. For a number of years in the sixties, he was active in the Sydney Film Festival, and during the 1980s served in a consulting capacity on a number of film-funding bodies, as well as writing film criticism for The Australian and other periodicals. Since moving to Paris, he has written four books of autobiography, A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict, We'll Always Have Paris: Sex and Love in the City of Light, Immoveable feast : a Paris Christmas, and The Most Beautiful Walk in the World : a Pedestrian in Paris. In 2015 his title, Five Nights in Paris: After Dark in the City of Light, made The New Zealand Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de John Baxter

Woody Allen: A Biography (1998) 112 cópias
Stanley Kubrick: A Biography (1997) 109 cópias
Bunuel (1994) 77 cópias
De Niro: A Biography (2000) 65 cópias
Hollywood in the Thirties (1968) 60 cópias
George Lucas: A Biography (1999) 42 cópias
Fellini (1901) 39 cópias
The Hermes Fall (1978) 34 cópias
Sixty years of Hollywood (1973) 27 cópias
The Cinema of John Ford (1971) 26 cópias
Cooking for Claudine (2011) 21 cópias
Hollywood Exiles (1976) 12 cópias
Black Yacht (1982) 10 cópias
The Bidders (1980) 7 cópias
The God Killers (1966) 6 cópias
The Off-Worlders (1966) 5 cópias
The hands [short fiction] (1965) 3 cópias
Who Burned Australia? (1984) 3 cópias
Apple 3 cópias
Bondi Blues (1994) 3 cópias
Australian Cinema (1970) 2 cópias
Testament [short story] (1964) 2 cópias
Takeover Bid (1965) 2 cópias
The Beach 1 exemplar(es)
International Film Guide (1973) 1 exemplar(es)
Down from Demolition 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Big Book of Science Fiction (2016) — Contribuinte — 414 cópias
New Writings in SF-5 (1965) — Contribuinte — 109 cópias
New Writings in SF-6 (1966) — Contribuinte — 108 cópias
New Writings in SF-3 (1964) — Contribuinte — 107 cópias
New Writings in SF-8 (1966) — Contribuinte — 100 cópias
Beyond Tomorrow: Anthology of Modern Science Fiction (1976) — Contribuinte — 51 cópias
New Writings in SF-10 (1966) — Contribuinte — 44 cópias
New Writings in SF-13 (1968) — Contribuinte — 41 cópias
Alfa Vier: SF-Verhalen (1976) 12 cópias
Urban Fantasies (1985) — Contribuinte — 9 cópias


20th century (16) Ace Double (15) anthology (233) Australia (32) Australian (17) autobiography (29) bibliophilia (24) biography (143) book collecting (48) books (99) books about books (125) books and reading (22) Christmas (27) cinema (29) collecting (15) ebook (26) fiction (124) film (109) film history (15) food (36) France (189) history (58) John Baxter (21) Kindle (34) memoir (141) movies (29) non-fiction (228) paperback (38) Paris (237) read (36) reading (15) reference (15) science fiction (325) sf (102) short stories (117) to-read (260) travel (166) unread (44) walking (17) WWI (31)

Conhecimento Comum



John Baxter knows in infinite detail what makes a book special. He says at one point “Rarity can be created, but not value. That has to be achieved. It gathers on a book like the patina on a bronze, over decades of diligence and care.” He says a lots of things really, and says them well. He’s got a lovely way with words. Talking about a friend’s middle-aged daughter “……she was limp and colourless as a house-dress washed to exhaustion.” Then driving home from the airport in Paris, with his ‘new’ French wife (too long a story to tell you here, you’ll have to read the book) his new mother-in-law is driving and having a “machine-gun conversation” with her daughter and “my name surfaced a few times, like a twig in the flood.” Brilliantly descriptive!
Collecting for himself and then becoming a runner, which means hunting down books for other collectors, became his life and eventually led into writing, publishing and broadcasting.
He’s met some interesting people through all this, not always nice people but without doubt, 'interesting'. The middle section of the book isn’t as good as the bits either side in my opinion. However, I've got to admit, the whole of this ‘confession’ couldn't have been written without it.
If you’ve read anything by Clive James where he’s talking about books, for example, Latest Readings, published four years before he died (which I also highly recommend) I’m sure you’ll enjoy this memoir.
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Fliss88 | outras 19 resenhas | Oct 2, 2023 |
Bought and read this as a fan of Oliver Reed but Russell has a fascination of his own.
Karen74Leigh | Aug 19, 2023 |
Delightful short stories about walking in Paris
vdt_melbourne | outras 17 resenhas | Apr 17, 2023 |
Better than I thought it was going to be; because I thought it was going to be, "OMG, Paris is so freaking beautiful, this is beautiful, that's beautiful, OMG Paris is so beautiful." Yawn! It wasn't that. It bounced around severely. It was kind of tied together by the author's recounting of how he stumbled into a job giving walking tours of Paris; and some of the fun things he includes on his tours. I liked that all the chapters were super-short. I liked the amount of himself he put into the book - enough so you aren't wondering who in the world is speaking to you; but not so much that it's a Me-Me-Me book, which is also boring. Altogether, you'd think that I'd love it. Ultimately, though I hate to sound like an ugly American or a jaded snob, I went to Paris once and I wasn't all that crazy about it. I prefer Italy.… (mais)
Tytania | outras 17 resenhas | Feb 21, 2023 |



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