'Right now I’m in the middle of chemo and even that has affected me less than I thought it would,' he told the magazine.
Epidemiological studies have shown that moderate alcohol drinkers have a lower death rate for all causes, but particularly for non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (or, NHL) originates in the white blood cells, which are integral to the immune system.
The lymphatic system, which moves fluids around the body to fight infections, mainly consists of two types of cells: B cells and T cells. It can start anywhere in the body, from the digestive tract to the lymph nodes, and it can grow and spread at varying speeds.
As the youngest of three sons Maxwell inherited no landed estates, relatively little money (although he was regularly bailed out by his mother and eldest brother) and a lifelong inclination to follow his wildly romantic instincts.
These were always impractical, usually dangerous and invariably accom-panied by extravagant tastes for fast cars, absurdly unsustainable generosity and equally high drama.
He was three months old when his father was killed in a German artillery barrage in the First World War.
‘He has married me with a ring, a ring of bright water / Whose ripples travel from the heart of the sea.’ These lines from Kathleen Raine’s poem The Marriage of Psyche were written in 1952, four years after she had fallen catastrophically in love with Maxwell.
He was also an intellectual, an extremely talented writer, portrait painter, published poet, occasional racing driver, wartime secret agent, shark-hunter, adventurer and by the end of his life an ardent conservationist.