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Jeremy Clarke

Jeremy Clarke writes the The Spectator Low Life column.

Low Life

The marvels of French hospital cuisine

All was well and all would be well. Aren’t drugs wonderful?  

By Jeremy Clarke

Low Life

My journey around Thomas Mann’s Magic Mountain

He is ideal reading for the ecstatic diseased

By Jeremy Clarke

Low Life

I dropped a morphine capsule in my Moscow Mule

Would it provide the mental lift-off necessary to enjoy our restaurant outing?

By Jeremy Clarke

Low Life

I tried a 100-year-old opiate

I lay upstairs with one of Michael’s military-grade tablets dissolving into my bloodstream

By Jeremy Clarke

Low Life

How to make the perfect fry-up

With Catriona away it was back to self and banality and bacon and eggs

By Jeremy Clarke

Low Life

When the bone pain gets bad, my inner NCO keeps me in check

He gives the order sternly, with unmistakeable undertones of regimental pride

By Jeremy Clarke

Low Life

My evening as a rapacious capitalist

We played Monopoly with focus and seriousness

By Jeremy Clarke

Low Life

The power of prayerful washing-up

I’ve failed to cheer myself with strong alcohol, CBD and speed, so I went to the local nuns

By Jeremy Clarke

Low Life

In praise of a solidly, wonderfully French hotel

There was a wall of books, ashtrays from the golden age of smoking and an air of greater liberty

By Jeremy Clarke

Low Life

In the footsteps of Hemingway

Susceptible people confuse his miraculous prose with their own lived experience

By Jeremy Clarke

Low Life

The nature of luck

‘What is luck?’ said Klynton, aged ten. ‘Hard to explain,’ I said

By Jeremy Clarke

Low Life

The joy of wigs

Everyone – from Thomas Hardy to Vladimir Putin – should try one

By Jeremy Clarke

Low Life

The healing power of medieval austerity

After a morning at a 15th-century priory, and lunch at the Café de France, I rejoined the ranks of the alive and well

By Jeremy Clarke

Low Life

The farcical world of the Sharon’s Ex-Boyfriends Club

We could all drink, but Tom was in a league of his own: chaos was his element

By Jeremy Clarke

Low Life

A hidden side of the Somme

We had the perfect guide who took us off the beaten track and knew when to keep quiet

By Jeremy Clarke

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