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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (15 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099547546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099547549
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (489 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A treasure trove of keen insight, coping strategies ... and uplifting slices-of-life" (Telegraph)

"Searingly honest, touching and often very funny ... This book is not only life affirming, it's also the most inspiring and uplifting account you'll ever read about cancer" (Stylist)

"In this compelling book, Lisa tells her story with incredible honesty, emotion and humour.
This real-life account of her fight with the Big C is guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and put your own troubles into perspective" (Closer)

"An emotional, witty and compelling read" (heat)

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The incredibly moving, darkly humorous account of one woman's fight against breast cancer. Now a BBC Drama starring Sheridan Smith.

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I came across this book and the blog by chance and wish I had found it a few months ago when I first started treatment. I'm only two years older and was glad to find that I was not the only one to have dealt with the Big C in a similar fashion - I could relate to the story so much, it was almost like reading my own journal! The facts are there in all their horrific yet in some ways glorious detail. The relationship with her nearest and dearest tugs the heartstrings and prompted me to thank mine for their support, I have laughed & cried reading this and thank Lisa for her candour.
Its a strong reminder that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
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A startlingly honest, courages, and heart rendering account, of one girls year long journey from breast cancer diagnosis, through all the side effects of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and then, still in her twenties, starting the menopause. Written with wit and humour but so sad you will need a box of man size tissues.
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After seeing the brilliant TV drama I wanted to read this book, my only regret is I didn't get to read her blogs or this when they originally came out.
It's all the things you will read in reviews & more....
This is so well written, thought provoking, inspiring, yes a sad & horrible subject, but don't be put off by the title or subject, because the thing that stood out the most for me was the humour, actual real belly laugh stuff. Brilliant. Not one of those self congratulating "look how well I coped with cancer" type of books either, because Lisa was brutally honest, in how difficult it was, but still thrown in with great humour. But boy did she cope.
A truly wonderful read by a truly wonderful lady.
Lisa, what a legend you are & what a legacy you have left behind.
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Very harrowing story about one persons fight against the 'C' word. There are a few parts in the book that explain things in graphic detail, and whilst I was not expecting this to be a 'Watership Down' novel I was not prepared for these horrible truths. My thanks and admiration go out to Lisa and her husband and mom and dad and everyone who at one time or another touched her with either treatment or comfort in the low times that times she most obviously had. A very good read and thoroughly recommended. The book takes you through her journey from horrible realisation of diagnosis of the 'C' word to the conclusion where; you have found who your true friends really are. I am sure this is not meant to be a definitive guide to the 'C' word but it sure as hell woke me up to other peoples pain.
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I am glad I bought it. I so enjoyed reading it. My teenage girls read it too. It is well written , Lisa lynch had an amazing personality. It was funny. Don't b put off by the title and mayb feel embarrassed to buy/ read it. It makes u appreciate life, honestly, PLEASE READ IT.
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Having been recently diagnosed with cancer, I bought this from the reviews on Amazon and couldn't put it down. When I was 3/4 way through I thought I would Google Lisa and was so sad to find out she had died in the end. What an awful end after everything she went through and thought she had overcome. God bless.
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I read a lot of books about cancer and this is one that stands out for the quality and clarity of the writing. Lisa Lynch knew where to put an apostrophe and how to tell a story- and she should have as that was her profession. It's lovely to read something written by a writer who happened to get cancer, rather than a cancer patient who happened to want to force out a book.

Like many readers I had seen Sheridan Smith in the TV adaptation and in some ways that did spoil the book a bit. I couldn't read it without hearing HER voice or imagining HER as the protagonist which I think is a bit of a shame as Lisa got a bit lost behind the excellent actress who played her role.

If you can't deal with doom and gloom, don't worry. The TV adaptation went a couple of years beyond the book so this isn't a book that ends in death and disaster - though it seems some readers quit on the assumption that it would.

It's mentioned - but never explained - that Lynch had one of the BRCA genes that made her chances worse than they would be for those people who lack that gene defect. I wish this had been mentioned more as it might have reassured those without the gene. I'd advise that the book is probably very useful to a patient facing chemo and radiotherapy or their family and friends as Lynch's account is quite graphic and detailed and it's not so easy to find an honest account of what those patients might expect to face.

You'll finish this book wishing you knew Lisa Lynch - or if you're not into swearing and smut (I am) you might want to wash her mouth out but you'll still learn things along the way.
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Fabulous book, would highly recommend it anyone who has a friend or relative going through the same thing. A perfect insight into the funny side and the awful side of this terrible disease. How it affects not only the person diagnosed but friends and family too.
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