For those of you scratching your heads, Dr Roger Bannister ran the first four minute mile. An achievement that has faded into obscurity to some degree, but a hell of an achievement nonetheless.

Clive James, on the other hand, would be hard pressed to run a four minute 100 metres, but he is one acerbically funny wordsmith. Even though he doesn’t read Harry Potter books due to the fact that he “was inoculated, very early in life, against all forms of magic and elfin whimsy”, he does write an amusing piece on the secret shame of all writers: J K Rowling Envy.

Check out his very entertaining article for the BBC here.