Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Writer AA Gill diagnosed with "the full English" of cancer

Gill.jpg

Hugely respected writer and restaurant critic AA Gill has revealed he has been diagnosed with cancer.

Visiting his doctor for an X-ray after being told how much weight he’d lost during a family holiday over the summer, Gill, 62, was told the news that cancer had spread from his lungs to other parts of his body. 

Yet even with such terrifying news, The Sunday Times columnist managed to break the news in true British spirit – with a stuff upper lip and a healthy dose of humour.

He wrote in the paper"I've got an embarrassment of cancer, the full English. There is barely a morsel of offal not included. I have a trucker's gut-buster, gimpy, malevolent, meaty malignancy."

In the interview he revealed he’d first become aware he may not be in good health after people began commenting on his weight loss. Additionally he found himself unable to complete activity, such as a climbing in Scotland which he regularly undertook, in the same way. 

Despite quitting smoking 15 years ago, doctors found that the writer had a smoking-related cancer which had spread from his lungs.

Gill told readers of his column that he was revealing his diagnosis because he is currently undertaking a course of chemotherapy to battle the illness – a treatment that can affect the sensation of taste, and might alter his critiques of restaurants. 

"If ever things start tasting like licked battery terminals, I'll tell you," he wrote. 

Pic: REX/Shutterstock

Related

GettyImages-605724408.jpg

Werner Herzog talks online dating

5x14_Ozymandias_1.png

10 most heartbreaking moments in television history

rexfeatures_1111723a.jpg

21 little-known facts about the legendary Sir David Attenborough

More

The biggest stereotype about men and sex is actually a load of rubbish

We've been wrong this whole time

by Gary Ogden
18 Aug 2017

Discover the words that became cool in the year you were born

Were you born in the year of booty calls or cybersex?

by Emily Reynolds
18 Aug 2017

This German town came up with a genius way of humiliating neo-Nazis

Is this the best possible way to deal with them?

by Alex Finnis
18 Aug 2017

Donald Trump’s lawyer: possibly not racist, definitely not intelligent

Oldest trick in the book

by Tom Victor
17 Aug 2017

The 10 worst cities in the world to live in 2017

To put your first-world problems into perspective

17 Aug 2017

We have some very, very good news about cheese

Cheese lovers, it's our time to shine

by Emily Reynolds
17 Aug 2017

Jurors refuse to work on Martin Shkreli's trial for the best reasons

He is *not* a popular man

by Emily Reynolds
17 Aug 2017

Apparently millennials hate boobs now - but what do we like instead?

These god damn millennials, eh

by Gary Ogden
17 Aug 2017

All the times Donald Trump has failed to condemn far-right extremists

This has gone on for some time

by Tom Victor
16 Aug 2017

Flight attendants share the 25 worst things passengers do

How many of them are you guilty of?

by Gary Ogden
16 Aug 2017