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Gloria Hunniford
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8 Jun 2006

'Gloria Hunniford's daughter, TV presenter Caron Keating, was 34 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Initially she was declared in the clear but the cancer came back, despite her attempts to fight it off with every therapy going. She died aged 41.

This is Gloria's account of Caron's life. It is outstanding from the beginning ... feels painfully truthful but is utterly absorbing. It does make you cry - endlessly. It is about the difficult bond between mothers and daughters ... about what happens to a family when one of its members gets taken over by a disease. Gloria's honesty in writing this book is extraordinary ... both Caron and Gloria come across as amazingly strong, loving and inspiring characters' Daily Express

'We see Caron as a daughter, a sister, a wife, a friend and a mother - but most of all as a fighter. This is not a story of illness and death rather it's a beautiful, emotional celebration of an extraordinary life that sadly ended far too soon. A beautiful read' Daily Record

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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (8 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141023775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141023779
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gloria Hunniford was born in Northern Ireland and was the first woman to have her own daily radio show on BBC Radio 2, which she presented for twelve years until 1994. She had her own television chat programme, Sunday Sunday, on London Weekend Television. She has appeared on and presented numerous shows including Gloria Live, This Morning, Holiday, Songs of Praise and Open House with Gloria which gave Channel Five some of its highest ever ratings. She has won several prestigious awards, including TV Personality of the Year, Radio Personality of the Year and a Lifetime Achievement Award, and has an Honorary Doctorate from Queen's University Belfast. Alongside Caron she has two sons - Paul and Michael - is married to Steven and between them they have eight grandchildren.

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120 of 124 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A heartbreaker of a book 12 Oct 2005
By A Customer
I like many others grew up watching Caron Keating on Blue Peter and watched her come across with warmth, honesty and a real love for what she was doing, and as with everyone it was with real sadness and suprise when she died last year.
Initially I was surprised that this book had been written by Gloria as Caron appeared such a deeply private person, however, having read the book - the incerpts from Caron's private diary do appear to indicate that Caron wanted her story told.
This book is above all a celebration of a young life cut far too short by a cruel disease. This book is amazingly written, detailing the many different ways Caron fought to beat her disease.
I went through all sorts of emotions reading it - upset, guilty, angry - and above all if left me in awe of an amazing lady who did everything she could to stay with us.
Having read this I now understand why Gloria decided to write this book and I urge you to read it too.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I couldn't put the book down. I was bought the book as a present and I bought the book as a present. ( for the same person) As Gloria told her story it was obvious how much she loved and cared for the daughter, but I felt that Caron was often behaving in a very selfish way. Her family deserve medals for not only going through the emotional aspect of the illness but for putting up with Caron's often wacky methods of treatement that she thought could heal her. And then when tratment was attempted had she left it too late? It must have been incredibly difficult for Gloria to tell this story, and from reading about Caron's early days she appeared to be rather spoilt then too. I do hope that the family will remember the good times and pray that her two boys will always have golden memories of Caron.I hope that Russ will behappy in whatever he decides to do in the future. My heart goes out to him.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings about this book 14 Nov 2005
By A Customer
I agree with the other reviewers in that this is incredibly moving and I too cried at some parts. It is uplifting in places and worth a read. However I have some criticism of the book. I wasn't banking on quite so much information about Gloria herself and her marriage and career. I thought it would just be about Caron so I skimmed through most of that. There wasn't that much information about her treatments either which is what I was personally interested in. Caron gave up on the orthadox way and opted for more holistic healing, but its obvious Gloria didn't really agree with this and it comes across as a bit scathing and critical. I didn't really enjoy the book on the whole mainly because I failed to identify with Caron herself. I thought she came across as very self indulgent. She took herself off to Australia alone and left her little boys, she refused to have her second breast off as she couldn't face being "maimed", she refused medical treatment believing she could heal herself. None of this is how I would react and I couldn't help but think how lucky she was to have a husband who could pay for all these holistic treatments, she was having 5/6 a day. I felt it was a terrible waste of life and having 2 small boys myself I was crying my eyes out at the passages written by Caron about the boys growing up without her, but I didn't identify with her reaction and I was disappointed about the lack of information given about her treatments.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and very sad 31 Jan 2006
By A Customer
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I read this book because I have had breast cancer and also because I grew up watching Caron Keating on Blue Peter and whilst it is terribly sad to find yet another young woman who has had breast cancer it is equally disturbing that, given the fact Caron had two young children, she did not go for all the conventional treatment she could of had especially once her cancer returned. Rather she thought she could heal herself and turned her back on conventional medicine to such an extent that she then became completely incurable. Only then, did she decide to have some radiotherapy, when it was too late to help her, except to provide short term palliative care - that to me is the saddest aspect to this story.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Read 11 Jan 2006
I had been keen to read this book as soon as it was published as I have always been a huge fan of Caron Keating and was saddened as the news of her death. From the moment I read the first page, I couldn't put it down. Caron went to hell and back but still managed to hold onto the hope that she would find a cure. Yes, she was very lucky to have the money to go in search of the cure which might appear self indulgent but if I had breast cancer, I would want to try everything possible to prolong my life and live to see my children grow up. What a wonderful support network she had. Gloria and Russ Carons Husband deserve medals as big as bin lids for all of the unending support that they gave Caron. Gloria Hunniford is a shining example of a mother that would do anything for her family and I wish the whole family much happiness and the satisfaction that they have done Caron proud.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and Heartfelt Memoir 6 Jun 2006
By Karen
This is a book of breath-taking honesty and portrays a strong bond between mother and daughter. Gloria writes with obvious admiration of Caron's courage and her many good qualities but acknowledges that no one is perfect. This only adds to the emotion of her story and makes Caron a 'real' person, not a saint.I found it at times very moving and never less than interesting and you are left wishing that it could have a different ending. But it is a book about life - a case of living rather than dying of cancer and you are left with a profound admiration for all concerned.Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad
Very good book, well written.
Published 9 days ago by MARK HAMMERSLEY
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
extremely moving account of Carons quest for cure and acceptance
Published 1 month ago by hilgee
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad but beautiful book
A very sad story ending with Carons death, but an excellent well written book that greatly tugged at my emotions for a young woman and mother that was taken so young from cancer. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. A. Quinn
4.0 out of 5 stars Next to You by Gloria Hunniford
Very good condition for a used book, it arrived very quickly from when I ordered it. A really sad but lovely read
Published 2 months ago by pauline thornton
4.0 out of 5 stars good
Previously read other book about Caron. Shows her bravery and strongly family bonds
Taken too soon
Rest in peace
Published 4 months ago by debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars very emotional and inspiring story
Finished the book in a few days, even after all the tears I shed, I still feel uplifted after reading Caron's story.
Published 4 months ago by A. Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking.
A truly beautiful & touching read. What better tribute from a mother to her daughter. So loving & so moving.
Published 5 months ago by chrisone12
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book
A look into the life of Caron Ceating with family pictures and a look into her battle with cancer and keeping it out of the public eye.
Published 6 months ago by H. D. Morton-abbott
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it
Wonderful easy reading for me because i can relate to the story ive been in the same position as gloria
Published 10 months ago by kleighton
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very moving account
My son aged 27 was killed at work so we did not get to say goodbye but most of the thoughts and emotions in this book rang true to us we go on with our lives but he is never far... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sue Alexander
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