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The possibility of a miracle

The couple were cuddled up on a sofa, talking about their good fortune. "We lead such a charmed life," James Collins told his wife, Sharmila Nikapota. The Cambridge-educated professionals enjoyed the theatre, dining out, romantic holidays. They had a lovely home and planned a family. "The world was our oyster," Sharmila, now 43, says. James is a commercial barrister, recently made a QC. Sharmila used to be a vet. On July 15, 2002, their perfect world was shattered. Their first child, Sohana, was born with the genetic skin condition recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB).

The Sunday Times Magazine, 20.05.12

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A brush with mortality

When JG Ballard died, in April 2009, few people knew he had been planning a new work. The author of Crash and Empire of the Sun, celebrated for his bleak dystopian vision, had proposed a book co-written with his oncologist, Jonathan Waxman, to be called Conversations with my Physician: the Meaning, if Any, of Life.

The Sunday Times Magazine, 06.11.11

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Animal house

She started by adopting baby lions. Now this English aristocrat lives near Cape Town with several hundred beasts - and a store cupboard of dark secrets. Report by Caroline Phillips.

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