Jeremy Clarke

Jeremy Clarke writes the The Spectator Low Life column.

Tuscany’s killer climate

13 July 2019 9:00 am

The hotel manager had arranged for me to borrow an Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto two-seater convertible (1982) for the afternoon.…

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Why can’t my mother be allowed to die at home

6 July 2019 9:00 am

As they say: it all happened so quickly that it wasn’t until afterwards. One minute I was bawling at my…

My oncologist is a shining goddess

29 June 2019 9:00 am

The weather forecast was rain, torrential, all day, so I took my anorak. In the hospital car park it was…

Up close and personal with Thomas Hardy

22 June 2019 9:00 am

I walked in out of the rain, dripping, and sat down beside the fire on the primitive high-backed settle. ‘Is…

The joy of my local paper

15 June 2019 9:00 am

As usual I go downstairs at five o’clock in the morning and into the dining room, which now serves as…

Why being poor is always more expensive in the long run

8 June 2019 9:00 am

Of course the varifocals I bought online were a waste of money. When they came in the post and I…

What my mother’s death means for Brexit

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Considerate to the last, she had her order of service arranged in her mind. I sat close with my notebook.…

Banana leaf, wood-effect on knitted? Choosing my mother’s coffin

25 May 2019 9:00 am

The mental fruit of yet another sleepless night was that my mother was determined to arrange her funeral as quickly…

Will the Mistral drive me to murder?

11 May 2019 9:00 am

So far this latest Mistral wind has blown for two and a half weeks. The Mistral is said to blow…

Meet Santini: the world’s worst tourist guide

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Santino was unusually short in the leg and, in his mid-twenties, was already rapidly losing his hair. He had recently…

The joy of scrumpy

27 April 2019 9:00 am

‘How’s your day going?’ said the taxi driver as he snapped his knob into drive. If I caught the plane…

A moral dilemma on my freebie holiday

20 April 2019 9:00 am

We drove north and parked in the designated car park with a quarter of an hour to spare before the…

I took Oscar to Provence – in business class!

13 April 2019 9:00 am

In the Easter holidays, plus two school days, for which his mother will be fined or, as a serial offender,…

Am I about to be usurped by Philippe, our handsome French gardner?

6 April 2019 9:00 am

We have a gardener, Philippe, who comes once a week. He lives in a ruin a little way down the…

I’m making a cave disco in the south of France

30 March 2019 9:00 am

I’ve swapped my carer’s tray in Devon for a barrow and spade halfway up a cliff in the south of…

After ten weeks spent caring for my mother, I had to relearn the art of conversation

23 March 2019 9:00 am

I said my goodbyes and went outside with my trolley bag to wait for the taxi. While waiting, I looked…

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The travesties competing in the Terrier category at Crufts

16 March 2019 9:00 am

Does the BBC suppose that it will convert the public to a belief in equality if it does not, in…

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I hadn’t had a drink in six weeks but that was seven hours, three pubs and a club ago…

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Standing in a messy kitchen at the tendril tip of a county line at three o’clock in the morning, Trev…

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My life as nurse, chief cook and bottle washer for my mother

2 March 2019 9:00 am

My fifth week confined to barracks as nurse, chief cook and bottle washer. I drive to the supermarket about twice…

The strange people who keep a nightly vigil over my mother

23 February 2019 9:00 am

To begin with it was mice. The house was overrun with them. She saw them out of the corner of…

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‘I don’t know how ever Jerry stands it’: diary of a world war one artillery man

16 February 2019 9:00 am

My sister’s boyfriend is a solitary man and easily overwhelmed by another’s presence. On his rare visits he flits in…

Oscar is nine, and has largely abandoned speech in favour of gestures and monosyllables

9 February 2019 9:00 am

Just before I left France, Oscar’s mum sent over a photo of Oscar in his classroom at school showing the…

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What Sylvia learned at the constipation clinic

2 February 2019 9:00 am

‘The whole of my life I’ve had difficulty.’ I heard Sylvia say this through the door, which was slightly ajar.…

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When a reader invited me to stay with him in Exmoor estate, how could I refuse?

26 January 2019 9:00 am

My first night back in Blighty, I sat all evening at the kitchen table drinking wine with a charming, courteous…

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Hell — and heaven – on the French Riviera

19 January 2019 9:00 am

We drove down from the hills to visit friends of friends with a house by the sea and on the…