AA Gill reveals cancer diagnosis in column

"I've got the full English of cancers"

AA Gill reveals cancer diagnosis in column

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Restaurant critic AA Gill said he has "the full English" of cancer in his latest column.

Doctors found he had cancer, which has spread from his lungs to other parts of his body, after he went for an X-ray when people noticed he had lost weight.

“I’ve got cancer. Sorry to drop that onto the breakfast table apropos of nothing at all…” he writes in his well-known Sunday Times column.

“There is barely a morsel of offal that is not included," he says.

The diagnosis prompted his engagement to his partner of 23 years Nicola Formby, with whom he has two children.

Gill, who was previously married to Home Secretary Amber Rudd and with whom he has two grown-up children, said he was "surprisingly excited" to be getting married again to Ms Formby.

The writer, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy, says he does not "feel cheated" by the disease and has been "very lucky" in his life.