Clive James
TV veteran Clive James reveals that he is losing his battle with cancer

After two years of battling cancer, Clive James has revealed that he believes he is near the end.

In a moving interview, the 72-year-old Australian writer and broadcaster admitted he is losing his battle with the disease and is saddened that he might never return to his native Australia.

The father-of-two, who was diagnosed with leukaemia, kidney failure and lung disease in 2010, said: "I used to be in Australia for five or six times a year, but now I can't go.

"The wistfulness is really building up and I'm facing the possibility I might never see Sydney again."

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Meeting Myself Coming Back programme, he also revealed the extent of his health struggles.

"I've been really ill for two-and-a-half years. I'm getting near the end. I'm a man who is approaching his terminus.

"I was diagnosed with leukaemia, then I had COPD - which is a fancy name for emphysema - and my immune system packed up. And that's just the start.

"I almost died four times and I swore to myself if I can just get through this winter, I'd feel better.

"And I got through the winter and here it is a lovely sunny day and guess what, I don't feel better."

The TV veteran is best known for his hit show Clive James On Television.

He moved to England in 1961 and rose to prominence as a literary critic and television columnist.

"I keep thinking of things I might have done better and remember the good times of course.

"But mainly I remember the errors. It's my nature, it makes me almost ­impossible to live and work with," he added.