Jeremy Clarke at Notting Hill bookshop

Jeremy Clarke has been the Low Life columnist for the London Spectator – the oldest weekly magazine in the English-speaking world – since 2001. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and the columns in this selection were all written post-diagnosis. Only Jeremy’s unique voice could produce such a humorous and touchingly profound collection of columns. He says: “Nearly two years later, to the disappointment of my friends, I am still here. Reaching down inside my trousers to feel my testicles as I write. They are roughly the size of garden peas. The hormone treatment has caused them to whither on the vine. Otherwise I’m cheerful. In fact I’ve never been happier. True story.” You can meet the author, get your book signed and hear a few words from Clarke himself. The Notting Hill Bookshop, Blenheim Crescent, Thursday 4th February, 6.30pm, free. thenottinghillbookshop

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