Clive James Battling Leukaemia

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May 1, 2011 | 6:35pm EST

International broadcaster Clive James has been diagnosed with leukaemia.
The Australian-born critic, poet and writer, 71, has revealed all about his health battle in a letter to the editor of The Australian Literary Review.

He writes, “In January 2010, in Cambridge, I got hauled in for kidney failure. I was immediately diagnosed for everything else as well, including several lung diseases and a version of leukaemia that is supposed to develop slowly but in my case couldn’t wait to get started, mainly in my lungs.”

He admits his condition has weakened him so much of late that he has had to put several projects on hold, including a second volume of his book Cultural Amnesia and a book of poetry.

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