Clive James, who turned to poetry to 'start saying goodbye', dies aged 80

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The acclaimed writer, broadcaster and poet Clive James has died after a long illness at the age of 80. He won many plaudits for his TV programmes and criticism over the years. But after his terminal diagnosis with leukaemia and emphysema in 2010, he increasingly turned to poetry to “start saying goodbye”.

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