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Seriously ill Clive James puts in a bravura performance at London literary festival 'I'd love to go on like this'

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Former Observer TV critic defies cancer to wow an audience with wit and erudition

Clive James blew into London on Saturday with a quiver full of highly polished barbs, of the kind he deployed when he was the Observer's celebrated TV critic. Billed as a high noon, it was mainly a shootout with imminent mortality. Not that you'd have known it. "Ah, well," he began, with the sardonic smile of the old trouper, "another farewell appearance."

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