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Clive James, the renowned poet, critic, and broadcaster, died at home in Cambridge on Sunday (November 24). A private funeral took place in the chapel at Pembroke College today (Wednesday November 27), attended by close friends and family. He was given a terminal diagnosis of leukaemia in 2010 and stopped writing just one month ago. A spokesperson said: 'He endured his ever-multiplying illnesses with patience and good humour, knowing until the last moment that he had experienced more than his fair share of this 'great, good world'. He was grateful to the staff at Addenbrooke's Hospital [in Cambridge] for their care and kindness, which unexpectedly allowed him so much extra time. His family would like to thank the nurses of the Arthur Rank Hospice at Home team for their help in his last days, which allowed him to die peacefully and at home, surrounded by his family and his books.' The BBC described James as being renowned for his pithy turns of phrase. He once said motor racing commentator Murray Walker sounded "like a man whose trousers are on fire". He was equally waspish when describing Dame Barbara Cartland, whose eyes he said "looked like the corpses of two small crows that had crashed into a chalk cliff". "Common sense and a sense of humour are the same thing, moving at different speeds," was another of his famous quotes. He also had advice for his future obituarists, telling them "shorter is better, and that a single line is best".
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Published in: Cambridgeshire area.
Published from: November 27, 2019.
Home town: Cambridge
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Left by Graham High: 03/12/2019
I shall miss his sunny face and his sharp wit
Left by Linda Jane: 02/12/2019
Thank you Clive, such a kind, brilliant and funny man. I have not the skill to make one line or even several do justice. You have been and will continue to be a true hero of mine. Rest in peace x
Left by Mike McDonald: 01/12/2019
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The description of the Billy cart race in Unreliable Memoirs made me laugh until I cried. Thank you Mr James ... your books brought me great joy. You were without doubt Australia's finest export and I shall pause by your pavement plaque in Sydney next March and remember you with gratitude.
Left by Helen Mottershead: 30/11/2019
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