Does Jim Perrin, ‘Guardian’ Country Diarist, have cancer?

As of today Jim Perrin has not died of his ‘Terminal Lung Cancer’ — the diagnosis he claimed to have been given by the medical profession — and for which, he was at pains to explain, he had specifically elected to receive no treatment of any kind; neither surgical nor palliative: no intervention whatsoever. He made a great point of this. It seems that it needed to be said, otherwise how could he have justified his decision not to accept the cancer treatment (which would almost certainly be the course of action for anyone genuinely diagnosed) without giving the lie to his elaborate subterfuge: his ‘explanation’ was to pre-empt suspicion.

In ‘West’ (published in July 2010) he wrote in detail and at length about his ‘illness’ and, on the 13/07/2010 in the ‘Times’, ‘Post script: ‘My cancer — not worth mentioning in my view [yet here, clearly, he is doing just that] — carries a one chance in ten of survival beyond five years. In November I’ll be three years in.’ So stoic; so brave…

The consultant* who so kindly contributed his notes on the subject (6/05/2014) wrote: ‘In WEST Perrin states that ”he has upper lobe carcinoma with metasteses in both lungs”. This is stage 4 cancer and it would carry the likely prognosis of a matter of a few months if untreated.’ Later in his notes he says: ‘I find the account of the diagnosis of Perrin’s cancer to be very unlikely, and the lack of progression of a tumour is strong evidence that he has not, and has never had lung cancer.’

So: it would appear that Jim Perrin has the most remarkable, if not incredible, powers of survival particularly when one considers that he dated his ‘diagnosis’ to 2007, now over a decade ago, and was reported by Sir Andrew Motion to have said ‘he had refused conventional medicine’— elsewhere, writing himself: ‘Pneumonectomy, chemotherapy and radiography treatments were suggested but I brusquely walked away from them.’ It is also of interest, and worth reminding readers, that he had several years before let it be known that he was suffering from liver cancer — only later choosing ‘terminal lung cancer’ to be his fatal illness. It really is a miracle that he is still alive.

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It seems to us the saddest of all ironies that Jac, for whose sake we set up this site, was genuinely diagnosed with cancer and, although accepting of all the care and treatment offered to her, tragically she died barely nine months later — in stark contrast to Jim Perrin’s evidently dishonest and distasteful accounts of his own ‘terminal illness’. It added to the trauma of our sister’s last months that he (Jim Perrin was then her partner) actively controlled her and on many occasions actually prevented her from being with her family and friends in her final weeks of life. His behaviour was unconscionable.

As can be seen he did not die of the liver cancer from which he had pretended to be suffering some eighteen years ago, and he has not succumbed to his ‘lung cancer’ — the story of which he so painstakingly proclaimed in interviews and at book festivals around the country at the time of the publication of his book ‘West’ — and, indeed, since then. We have been told that even to the present day he refers to his ‘cancer’, giving people to understand that he Has Not Been Well At All…Of course we know that cancer in its many forms can strike, terrifyingly, at any time. We hope that Jim Perrin remembers the old adage: ‘Be careful what you wish for’.

Surely, now, it must be realised by all who have been taken in by him that his previous pretences were just that. Entirely fictitious and fabricated falsehoods constructed to manipulate their emotional responses and thereby to gain sympathy, support and, as he did, advantages. Jim Perrin, the author, is also a masterly deceiver.

We need no caveat of ‘we believe’ to say this. On the subject of his illnesses; his relationships; his treatment of his partners; his violence; his fraudulent behaviour (for just one example, his successful hoodwinking over the years of the Child Support Agency — now the CMS) etc. etc. the evidence is all documented and readily available should we be called upon to provide it. Jac’s sisters.

* Notes concerning lung cancer with reference to Jim Perrin’s claim to have the disease
Jim Perrin, diagnosed with terminal lung cancer?
More details concerning Jim Perrin’s cancer

The first of these posts would seem to drive a coach and horses through Jim Perrin’s ‘story’.