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An unexpected gem
13 July 2009
Nestled amongst the chick-lit in WH Smith or a 'People who looked at this' banner on Amazon, it would be easy to miss this book. That would be a shame. Janice Day tells her story in a plain, honest voice that is completely truthful even as she charms and entertains the reader. The facts of her life, her illness, and her recovery are told without self-pity and without preaching.
Before you nod sagely and confine her book to the bin marked 'worthy' please note that it is also ribald, joyfully open, and fantastically funny - not the sort of things I was expecting in a book about breast cancer. But this is a story told by a woman with a wicked sense of humour and a wonderful sense of balance. There is certainly plenty of painful detail, but cancer is just another character.
This beautifully crafted book is peppered with anecdotes, stories and memories from her childhood to the present, like treats which bind the narrative together as it moves towards its conclusion. Long after I had finished the book I found myself flicking through to pick them out again, an indulgence which I suspect Janice Day would approve of.