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Friday 11 February 2011

British actor Liam Thomas spent a decade working as an undercover police officer across Britain and Europe, keeping company with drug lords, arms dealers and all manner of serious criminals. He tells Lucy Ash about the impact this lifestyle had on both his mental health and his marriage.

In her second year of college the American poet Sarah Manguso developed a rare neurological disease which led to the breakdown of her nervous system. She describes the gruelling medical treatment that she had to endure during her lengthy rehabilitation and how she believed sleeping with a close friend helped speed her recovery.

Sarah's book "Two Types of Decay" is published now.


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