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Why Clarkson should take a leaf out of this book

By Jane Graham

I read a brilliant short story, Willa Cather’s Paul’s Case, this week.

It was brought to my attention by historian Andrew Davenport-Hines, whose beloved son Cosmo, an extraordinarily compassionate and intelligent boy, succumbed to mental illness in his late teens and threw himself under a train when he was 21.

Paralysed by grief, Davenport-Hines said that Cather’s description of a very similar death helped him immensely.

“As he fell, the folly of his haste occurred to him with merciless clearness, the vastness of what he had left undone,’’ she writes. “Then, because the picture-making mechanism was crushed, the disturbing visions flashed into black and Paul dropped back into the immense design of things.’’

Jeremy Clarkson also addressed the issue this week, though his take was more about selfish ‘Johnny Suicides’ keeping him late for work.

For anyone who nodded in agreement with his Sun column, I’d recommend Willa Cather.

I’d also recommend not reading Jeremy Clarkson ever again.

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