Wisdom, wit, felicity of prose, curiosity

The psychiatrist-writer Theodore Dalrymple, who worked for many years as a prison doctor, has

  • been arrested as a spy in Gabon
  • been sought by the South African police for violating apartheid
  • visited the site of a civilian massacre by the Liberian government
  • concealed his status as a writer for fear of execution in Equatorial Guinea
  • infiltrated a British communist group in order to attend the World Festival of Youth and Students in North Korea
  • performed Shakespeare in Afghanistan
  • smuggled banned books to dissidents in Romania
  • been arrested and struck with truncheons for photographing an anti-government demonstration in Albania
  • crossed both Africa and South America using only public transport

He is the author of more than two dozen books and innumerable essays.

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