Does Jim Perrin, ‘Guardian’ Country Diarist, really 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 in an article in the Times, 13/07/2010, he added: ‘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 very brave…The consultant* who most generously offered to contribute these notes on the subject, 06/05/2014, 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 well 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 several years ago he had 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 this man is still alive…

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But seriously, 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 — this 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 contact with family and friends;  particularly in her final weeks of life. During this time he silenced the telephone, and even went so far at one point as to change the security code secretly on her vehicle so that she was unable to leave him or her home — this was whilst her ‘Yorkshire’ sister was visiting her and was discovered when they had decided to go out together: Jac found she was unable to start her own car. This was how he ‘cared for his woman in her time of dying’!  Of course when she realised what he had done she was beyond furious…

We have been told by a dear friend of Jac’s (they had been close since their children were tiny) how Jim Perrin telephoned her and high-handedly cancelled an arrangement she had made with Jac, to visit the sea. In view, by now, of Jac’s frailty, this friend was to drive to her house to collect her and take her there, as Jac had said how very much she longed to go…   Jim Perrin told her that Jac no longer wished it, and he told Jac that it was her friend who had cancelled their plans! Jac never knew why her friend had ‘let her down’ and it was only on discovering our site that her friend learned the full horror of Jim Perrin’s behaviour. That he should have interfered in this way was callous and truly wicked. It would have been such solace for Jac, who was by now terminally ill she had always  loved the sea, and would have found their visit emotionally restorative. It was, in her particular circumstances, the reason that she was so looking forward to it — yet by this mean and entirely unwarranted intervention of her partner she was to be bitterly disappointed. These are only three of the many examples of how Jim Perrin despicably exerted power over our sister — controlled her — not only during most of their time together, but in the cases described here towards the very end of her life: truly, his behaviour was unconscionable

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As can be seen, Jim Perrin did not die of the liver cancer from which he had pretended to be suffering some eighteen years ago, nor has he 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 (non-existent) ‘cancer’ giving people to understand that he Has Not Been Well At All… Of course although he does not have cancer it is known that in its many forms it can strike, terrifyingly, at any time and the chances these days of anyone being diagnosed are very high indeed: so it might well be that he does develop it in the future. We hope that Jim Perrin remembers the old adage: ‘Be careful what you wish for’ as it would be such bad luck, after all this time…

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