THE CANCER LADIES RUNNING CLUB BY JOSIE LLOYD
PAPERBACK PUBLISHED BY HQ STORIES
SOMETIMES WE FIND FRIENDSHIP IN THE MOST UNEXPECTED OF PLACES.
When Keira receives her breast cancer diagnosis she doesn’t want to have to tell her children or her husband Tom, and she doesn’t want to step back from work. She doesn’t want to sit in a hospital and stare mortality in the face, nor be part of a group of fellow cancer sufferers. Cancer is not her club.
But, as she is forced to accept everything must change and her health becomes something she can’t rely on, Keira finds herself embracing running. Hot, sweaty running in the company of a group of brilliant, funny women each going through treatment.
Because the C-word is not going to define Keira’s identity and with the Cancer Ladies Running Club cheering her on, she is going to reclaim her life. One step at a time.
Impossible not to cry. My eyes filled eyes filled up, throughout reading this story.
Although this story is a work of fiction featuring Keira’s breast cancer, author Josie Lloyd based this story through her own personal experiences with breast cancer. This novel takes readers through all the doctors and hospital appointments, with what the doctors and hospital say. Keira tries very much to carry on working after her diagnosis. As Keria must keep fit she joins a running club, that’s named The Cancer Ladies Running Club, it’s the kind of club everyone wants to join, where other women are going through treatment and understand each and can talk about treatments and even offer advice. The main characters in The Cancer Ladies Running Club is Keira, Sian, Amma and Tasmin. No doubt about The Cancer Ladies Running Club is extremely well written, that educated me through what happens during the diagnosis of breast cancer and all the treatments. Every know and then a fiction book comes along that tugs my heart, and makes me cry. I urge every reader to read this fictional paperback. I have never highly recommend reading such an important fiction book enough.
MY VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO
I would like to say a very special thank you to Joe at Harper Collins for sending me this very important early proof copy fiction book to read and review.
ABOUT AUTHOR JOSIE LLYOYD
When author Josie Lloyd first discovered she had breast cancer a mum at the school gates suggested that she must keep fit. Personally Josie wanted to crawl under the duvet and stay there, but was cajoled out on the early front in Brighton where she lives and met the original running gang who inspired this story and to whom this book is dedicated.
After some training and some serious bolstering from this amazing brave, diverse group of women, they all took part in the Brighton Matathon 10k. It was just before Josie ‘s third session of chemotherapy and she was running bald, but just as it happens in the book, Josie was soon overwhelmed with messages of love and support from other runners.
Josie Lloyd mentions a thank you to all the wonderful staff at the Montifiore hospital who restored her health especially her oncologist David Bloomfield and Josie thanks her acupuncturist.
And lastly Josie thanks a very kind lady who gave her a butterfly necklace and the random act of kindness that this book, wherever the lady is, Josie salutes her.
Josie Llyod is the bestselling author of 15 novels, including the No.1 hit Come Together.