Monday 19 March 2018

Jeremy Clarkson ‘on the mend’ following bout of pneumonia in Spain

The TV presenter’s daughter Emily revealed the news as she unveiled details of her new book.

Jeremy Clarkson
Jeremy Clarkson

By Kerri-Ann Roper, Press Association Entertainment Editor

Jeremy Clarkson is on the mend following a bout of pneumonia that saw him hospitalised in Spain, his daughter has said.

The car enthusiast and former Top Gear presenter fell ill while on a family holiday in Mallorca earlier this month.

Appearing on ITV’s Lorraine, his daughter Emily said: “We didn’t realise it was pneumonia.

“We were there on a family holiday and I flew home on the Friday morning, by Friday afternoon he’d been admitted to hospital, so I went back to go and be on nursing duty.

“But he’s on the mend now.”

Not the sort of bangles I usually choose on holiday

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Mr Clarkson later revealed in a Sunday Times column that he was told by doctors he could have died and joked that his boredom in the hospital was “so bad I thought often about killing myself”.

Twenty-three year old Emily has just released her first book titled Can I Speak To Someone In Charge?

The book is a series of open letters addressing various subjects like body image and more, and is inspired by her blog, Pretty Normal Me.

She said: “I didn’t set out to do this but it has felt very natural, making it letters, because I was kind of screaming for something like this when I was a teenager, so I thought if no-one else is going to do it, I volunteer as tribute.”

Initially her blog was written anonymously and she explained she never highlighted her surname because it was “irrelevant”.

“It wasn’t totally anonymous in that I didn’t wear a mask to do anything but I never advertised my name and I never advertised dad because it was so irrelevant,” she said, adding: “He does cars and I literally have never talked about a car in my life, so I think there was no point of for me.

“I thought that it would just attract a bit of trolling really because everything does. I thought (I would) just do it myself and then obviously I can’t hide the surname and I’m not ashamed you know or whatever so now I am who I am and just doing it as me really.”

Mr Clarkson’s illness comes just a few weeks after his Grand Tour co-host Richard Hammond was airlifted to hospital when his car crashed while filming the Amazon series.

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