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The web Directory of Information Materials for People Affected by Cancer is regularly updated and currently has details of over 1,900 booklets, leaflets, books and audiovisual materials for people affected by cancer. Most have been published in the last five years but we have included some older ones that are still useful.

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A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Polish] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

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A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Romanian] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

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A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Tigrinya] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

Cover image of 'A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation'

A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

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How to stop smoking and stay stopped (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This booklet is for smokers who are seriously thinking of giving up smoking. The contents include: Thinking about stopping; Preparing to stop; Stopping; Staying stopped; Further help; Medications.

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A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Slovak] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

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How to stop smoking and stay stopped [Polish] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This booklet is for smokers who are seriously thinking of giving up smoking. The contents include: Thinking about stopping; Preparing to stop; Stopping; Staying stopped; Further help; Medications.

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Infopack for living well with myeloma (April 2018)

Myeloma UK

This Infopack has been written for all myeloma patients to help them live well. It may also be helpful for carers, family and friends to read. 

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Having a smear test [Easy read] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active. 

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Breast screening. An easy guide for women aged 50 and over (February 2018)

Public Health England

This illustrated leaflet is aimed at women with a learning difficulty. It explains the importance of breast screening and what will happen before, during, and after the screen.

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NHS cervical screening. Helping you decide (May 2018)

Department of Health

This leaflet explains what cervical screening is, why it is important, and what happens during the test. It also includes information on the reliability of the screening test, what happens to samples once they have been examined, and the benefits and difficulties of cervical screening. 

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Understanding acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) (August 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet describes acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options. It also discusses issues such as feelings, talking to children, self-help, and practical and financial support. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources.

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Letrozole (Femara®) [Portuguese] (2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Letrozole is a hormonal therapy used in the treatment of post-menopausal women with breast cancer. This factsheet describes how it works, how it is given, and the possible side-effects.

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Follicular lymphoma [Polish] (January 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Follicular lymphoma is a specific type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This factsheet describes the signs and symptoms, the stages, diagnosis, and treatment.

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EOX chemotherapy [Thai] (2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

EOX chemotherapy is used to treat oesophageal cancer and stomach cancer. This factsheet describes the drugs used (epirubicin, oxaliplatin and capecitabine), how the treatment is given and the possible side-effects.

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Tamoxifen [Portuguese] (2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Tamoxifen is a hormone therapy used in the treatment of breast cancer. This factsheet describes how it works, how it is given, and the possible side-effects.

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Understanding chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) (May 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet answers questions about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, staging, and treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. It also covers feelings, self-help, and practical and financial support. Includes details of useful organisations and resources.

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Making treatment decisions (June 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet outlines some of the ways that people with cancer can find out about treatment options and discusses some of the things that may help them make decisions.

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Insurance (July 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet describes the various types of insurance (health, life, travel, car) and explains how having cancer can affect buying and claiming insurance. It also has details of further information and support.

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Pensions (July 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet will help people affected by cancer to review their pension arrangements (state, occupational, personal). It covers protecting pension rights, taking pension income, and protecting survivors.

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Understanding risk-reducing breast surgery (October 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for anyone who is thinking about having risk-reducing breast surgery. You may consider this if you have a high risk of developing breast cancer. This is usually because you have a strong family history of breast cancer. The booklet explains what risk-reducing breast surgery is and what it involves. It talks about the different options for risk-reducing breast surgery. There is information about the benefits, limitations and risks of each type of surgery. We also talk about some physical and emotional issues you may experience, and ways to cope with these. We have included photographs of women who have had breast reconstruction after risk-reducing surgery. This is to help show how a reconstruction may look.

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Understanding soft tissue sarcomas (October 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet has information about soft tissue sarcomas, including the different types, the symptoms, diagnosis, staging and grading, and treatment options. It also discusses feelings and how your relationships, work and finances might be affected.

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Understanding acute myeloid leukaemia (August 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about a type of leukaemia called acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). It is for anyone who has been diagnosed with AML, or who wants to know more about it. It also has information for carers, family members and friends. The booklet covers: what AML is; symptoms and how AML is diagnosed; how AML is treated; coping with AML.

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Understanding radiotherapy (October 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about radiotherapy. It is for anyone who is having radiotherapy or has been offered it as part of their cancer treatment. You may find this booklet helpful if you are a carer, family member or friend. The booklet explains: the different types of radiotherapy; what to expect before, during and after radiotherapy; how radiotherapy is planned and given; some of the general side effects of radiotherapy and ways to cope with these effects.

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Chemotherapy [Punjabi] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet provides information about chemotherapy, including possible side-effects. Includes the English language version.

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Understanding mesothelioma (March 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet for anyone who is having tests for mesothelioma or has been diagnosed with it. There is also information for carers, family members and friends. The booklet explains the signs and symptoms of pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma. It explains how they are diagnosed and how they may be treated. It also has information about the feelings you might experience, and how your relationships, work and finances might be affected.

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Understanding non-Hodgkin lymphoma (January 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet aims to provide a better understanding of non-Hodgkin lymphomas, their diagnosis and treatment. It also has sections on feelings and sources of practical and financial support. Includes details of useful organisations.

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Understanding myeloma (July 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet describes the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment (including side-effects) of myeloma. It also covers issues such as feelings, and practical and financial help. Includes details of useful support organisations and other resources.

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Understanding head and neck cancers (July 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about head and neck cancers. Head and neck cancers include cancers of the mouth and throat, as well as rarer cancers of the nasal cavity (inside the nose), sinuses, salivary glands and middle ear. This booklet is for anyone who has a head and neck cancer. The booklet explains: what head and neck cancer is; the signs and symptoms; the different treatment options; coping with head and neck cancer treatment.

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10 top tips (March 2018)

Target Ovarian Cancer|Macmillan Cancer Support

This set of ten tips was developed by a workshop group comprising people affected by ovarian cancer and GPs. It aims to help women get the best out of a visit to their GP if they are concerned about symptoms.

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All the time we thought we had [currently being reviewed by our volunteers] (2018)

Polygon

How do you start a new life when the person you love is about to die? At the age of thirty-six, Gordon Darroch's wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a devastating blow just as he, and their two children with autism, were preparing to move to her native Holland. Eighteen months later, as their plans seemed to be back on course, came the second blow: Magteld was terminally ill and possibly had only a few months to live. As her health rapidly deteriorated, they became caught up in a race against time to get a dying mother home and give their children a future in a country they hardly knew. How could they build a new life in the midst of grief and loss? How would their two sons adjust to such enormous changes? And what would remain of Magteld once she was gone? All the Time We Thought We Had is a story of love and loss and a meditation on grief and memory. It's about how events shape our lives and how we cope with them. And it raises important questions about what we value in life and the legacies we leave behind. (Publisher)

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A new kind of normal [currently being reviewed by our volunteers] (2018)

Self-published

They say there’s a book in all of us, but I doubt I would ever have written one had it not have been for my diagnosis of breast cancer in 2011. ‘A New Kind of Normal' is the story of my life up to and moving on from that moment. Growing up in the 60's, working through the 70's and 80's, juggling a career in TV and radio while bringing up three children and surviving two divorces. From the moment I knew what a bra was, I’d wanted breasts: I even crafted a pair of blue plasticine boobs for myself, as nature made me wait until I was 15 for breasts of my own! Through cancer I lost them both, and with the chemotherapy; all my hair, my fingernails, and more worryingly, a sense of whom I was. My hair grew back, as did my fingernails, but I still struggled with my identity. What I’ve written isn't a diary, nor a self-help guide, and it's not just about cancer. I’ve taken a really good look at the little girl I was and the woman I grew into, and why I went to such lengths to try and claw back some of what cancer had taken from me - it's not everyone's way I appreciate, and it’s been an interesting exercise trying to ascertain why it was mine! I’ve been honest, open, and meticulous when it comes to detail, as I firmly believe that if you take away the mystery, you can take away some of the fear. But there’s a lot to laugh about here too, as luckily I’ve always been able to see the funny side of a situation, preferring that to the occasional overwhelming despair I felt. In this book I've tried to move the disease away from the medical professionals and the hospitals, and to bring it into the day to day, because that's where it sits. Over the last seven years I’ve come to realise that the ripple effect of cancer is far reaching, affecting not just those of us living with it but everyone around us. 'A New Kind of Normal' gives an insight into my relationship with my then partner, now husband; my children and their reaction to my illness, my family and friends, my work colleagues, people who wrote to me, and the professionals who cared for me; everybody reacts differently. Breast cancer assaults your femininity - the treatment is tough and the surgery brutal.  It isn't easy, but it is possible, and I'd like to feel this book may be a source of comfort to anyone who's life is touched by breast cancer; maybe even help them to find their 'New Kind of Normal'. There are many things in life we may have to give up on, but hope is not one of them. (P

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Only one of me. A love letter from mum [currently being reviewed by our volunteers] (2018)

Graffeg Limited

'There's only one mum quite like me. I wish that there were two. I'd have more time to spend And I would spend it all with you.' Most of us can't imagine having the time we spend with our children or loved ones cut short, but this is the reality being faced by mother of two Lisa Wells, who was diagnosed with terminal bowel and liver cancer in December 2017 at the age of 31. The Only One of Me project grew from Lisa's determination to leave a lasting legacy for her daughters and her desire to help other families rally against the difficulties of loss. Only One of Me is the product of Lisa's lifelong love of writing and a newfound friendship with award-winning children's author Michelle Robinson. The two collaborated on this tender and moving rhyming poem, with charming illustrations by Catalina Echeverri, which is both a love letter to Lisa's own daughters and a testament to the unwavering strength of parental love, a timeless message for families facing the challenges of bereavement. (Publisher)

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Only one of me. A love letter from dad [currently being reviewed by our volunteers] (2018)

Graffeg Limited

There's only one dad quite like me. I wish that there were two. I'd have more time to spend And I would spend it all with you. Most of us can't imagine having the time we spend with our children or loved ones cut short, but this is the reality being faced by mother of two Lisa Wells, who was diagnosed with terminal bowel and liver cancer in December 2017, at the age of 31. The Only One of Me project grew from Lisa's determination to leave a lasting legacy for her daughters and her desire to help other families rally against the difficulties of loss. Only One of Me is the product of Lisa's lifelong love of writing and a newfound friendship with award-winning children's author Michelle Robinson. The two collaborated on this tender and moving rhyming poem, with charming illustrations by Tim Budgen, which is both a love letter to Lisa's own daughters and a testament to the unwavering strength of parental love, a timeless message for families facing the challenges of bereavement. (Publisher)

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A funny thing happened on the way to chemo. A rather unusual memoir (2018)

Short Books

"Cancer is not a laughing matter, as I was told by a cross German lady from Dortmund when I showed her this journal. She had herself had breast cancer and is right of course; there are lots of things that are not fun about cancer, most of them unavoidable. I was therefore as surprised as the next person to realise that a huge amount of funny things happen on the way to chemo, or indeed on the way to most places, and that once you get your eye in, you completely forget to be scared..." This is not just an educational book about cancer, although it is certainly safe to give to cancer patients as a cheerful present. More importantly, it sheds new light on why Kim Kardashian is worth Keeping Up With, what playlists to make for MRI scans, the truth behind the legend of Medea, bikini etiquette on a deserted beach, what to do with a glut of rainbow chard, what an Oscar-winner should say in an acceptance speech, how to deal with cold-callers selling life insurance, and what to wear on a March Against Menopause (layers, obviously)... (Publisher)

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Not that kind of love. A sister, a brother, some tumours and a cat (2018)

Quercus

A moving, thought-provoking and surprisingly humorous book which is both a description of a journey to death and a celebration of the act of living. Based on Clare Wise's blog, which she started when she was first diagnosed with cancer in 2013, Not That Kind of Love charts the highs and lows of the last three years of Clare's life. The end result is not a book that fills you with despair and anguish. On the contrary, Not That Kind of Love should be read by everybody for its candour, and for its warmth and spirit. Clare is an astonishingly dynamic, witty and fun personality, and her positivity and energy exude from every page. As she becomes too weak to type, her brother - the actor Greg Wise - takes over, and the book morphs into a beautiful meditation on life, and the necessity of talking about death. With echoes of Atul Gawande's Being Mortal and Cathy Rentzenbrink's The Last Act of Love, it is a very special read that rejoices in the extraordinary and often underestimated sibling bond, and the importance of making the most of the ordinary pleasures life has to offer. As Greg Wise writes in the book: 'Celebrate the small things, the small moments. If you find yourself with matching socks as you leave the house in the morning, that is a cause for celebration. If the rest of the day is spent finding the cure for cancer, or brokering world peace, then that's a bonus.' (Publisher) 

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A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Somali] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

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Financial support - benefits [Chinese, Traditional] (2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about claiming benefits. Includes the English-language version.. 

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Pelvic radiotherapy in women. Managing side effects during treatment (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for women who are having, or are going to have, radiotherapy to the pelvic area. The pelvic area is the lower part of the tummy (abdomen), between the hips. The booklet explains: side effects that may happen during, or shortly after, pelvic radiotherapy; how side effects can be controlled or reduced; what you can do to help yourself.

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Pelvic radiotherapy in men - managing side effects during treatment (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet has information about the side effects of pelvic radiotherapy during treatment. There is a separate booklet for men experiencing late effects (Managing the late effects of pelvic radiotherapy in men).

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My records (August 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet works alongside the information in "The cancer guide". It includes tools for you to use to: keep notes to show your healthcare team; write down appointment times; write down contact details; keep track of how you are feeling.

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The carer's bible (2018)

Souvenir Press

This accessible and detailed guide includes practical tips, checklists for best practice, descriptions of their experience from a wide range of carers that addresses solutions to common problems, and expert advice on how to deliver compassionate and dignified care to older people. Uniquely, Amanda Waring also provides support and guidance for the carer, how to maintain energy and commitment, how to recognize signs of compassion fatigue and where carers can get help if they need it. The Carer's Bible is an invaluable, inspiring guide to how to give your loved one the best possible care while addressing the anxieties that all carers suffer. (Publisher) 

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Echo's sister [currently being reviewed by our volunteers] (2018)

Harper Collins

Twelve-year-old El has planned on making her first week at a new school fantastic. She won’t go by her given name, Laughter. She’ll sit in the back of the classroom where she can make new friends. She won’t even have time to think about all the fun her old friends are having without her. Everything will be great. But when her dad picks her up after school and tells her that her younger sister, Echo, has a life-threatening illness, her world is suddenly turned upside down. And with her parents now pressed for time and money, El feels lost and powerless. Then she befriends Octavius, the only other kid in school who gets what she’s going through. As El begins to adjust to her new life, she soon finds that maybe a little hope and a lot of love can overcome any obstacle. (Publishers)

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Being Adam Golightly: one man's bumpy voyage to the other side of grief (2018)

Short Books

The cruel early death of his wife Helen tears up the script of Adam Golightly's middle-class, middle-aged existence. Miserably single, outnumbered by his kids and haunted by life's screaming fragility, he recounts his fight back against the hand of fate. This irreverent and frank memoir follows Adam's snakes-and-ladders journey through his grief in the year following his wife's death, as he struggles with small town tongue wagging, the trauma of teenage bra shopping and online dating anarchy.Adam's is the biggest mid-life crisis anyone could face and as he starts to build a new, alternative life for himself and his children, he shows not just how to survive bereavement but how to be transformed by it. (Publisher)

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Before I go. The essential guide to creating a good end of life plan [currently being reviewed by our volunteers] (2018)

Findhorn Press

A compassionate, practical guide to end-of-life matters, empowering us to clarify and share our wishes and continue to live life to the fullest. Many people say “I wish I had known what they wanted” when their loved one has died. Too often, a person’s wishes for end-of-life care, and for after they have gone, have not been recorded. With this valuable guide, you can now begin to do this for yourself, so your relatives will be able to honor your wishes more easily, saving them unnecessary stress and upset at a potentially intense time. Before I Go addresses the emotional, spiritual, and practical aspects of end-of-life planning to help you make well-informed decisions about your end-of-life care and prepare well for your death. Jane Duncan Rogers guides you with equanimity, care, and humor through subjects such as how to have a conversation about dying, the impact of grief on relatives responsible for estate matters, DIY funerals and what that entails. She states clearly what you need to have in place to ensure the best end of life possible, helps you identify your values and beliefs in this area, and demonstrates which actions you then need to take, and when. With a full resource pack of essential information available to you, including guiding questions, exercises, and recording tools, as well as downloadable worksheets and supportive online courses, decision-making will be much easier and you will find relief and peace of mind knowing you have taken care of outstanding matters. You will also be giving a great gift to your loved ones. When they have this information in advance, you spare them many difficult decisions and administrative hassle at a time when they will be grieving and not in a fit state to cope. It can bring great comfort to those left behind to know they are indeed carrying out your wishes. It also provides an opportunity for you to record your achievements and history, giving them a legacy they would otherwise not have. (Publisher)

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Our family and IT (2018)

Olop and Flossie Publishing

What does the mother say to her six-year-old when she asks the question that no mother ever wants to be asked? How does the fourteen-year-old cope with the illness while struggling with the typical angst of a teenager? This book is about an ordinary family who is faced with extra-ordinary changes and challenges when the mother is diagnosed with a potentially life-limiting illness. IT (the illness) becomes the uninvited guest in the family and as the story develops the frustrations, anxieties and impact all become very real. (Publisher)

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Everything happens for a reason and other lies I've loved (2018)

SPCK Publishing

London-born Kate Bowler, a thirty-five year-old professor at the school of divinity at Duke, had finally had a baby with her childhood sweetheart when she began to feel jabbing pains in her stomach. She lost thirty pounds, guzzled antacid, and visited doctors for three months before she was finally diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. As Kate navigates the aftermath of her diagnosis, she pulls the reader into her life and her history - affectionately filled with a colourful retinue of friends, mega-church preachers, parents, and doctors - and shares her irreverent, laser-sharp reflections on faith, friendship, love, and death. She wonders why suffering makes her feel like a loser and explores the burden of positivity. Trying to relish the time she still has with her son and husband, she realizes she must cure her habit of 'skipping to the end' and planning the next move. An historian of the American Prosperity Gospel (the creed of the megachurches that promises believers a cure for tragedy, if they just want it badly enough) Kate finds that she craves these same 'outrageous certainties'. Why is it so hard to surrender when she knows there are no spiritual guarantees? (Publisher)

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The carer's bible (2018)

Souvenir Press

This accessible and detailed guide includes practical tips, checklists for best practice, descriptions of their experience from a wide range of carers that addresses solutions to common problems, and expert advice on how to deliver compassionate and dignified care to older people. Uniquely, Amanda Waring also provides support and guidance for the carer, how to maintain energy and commitment, how to recognize signs of compassion fatigue and where carers can get help if they need it. The Carer's Bible is an invaluable, inspiring guide to how to give your loved one the best possible care while addressing the anxieties that all carers suffer. (Publisher)

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Spoiler alert: the hero dies. A memoir of love, loss and other four-letter words [currently being reviewed by our volunteers] (2018)

Atria Books (Simon and Schuster)

In this evocative and gorgeously wrought memoir reminiscent of Rob Sheffield’s Love Is a Mixtape and George Hodgman’s Bettyville, Michael Ausiello—a respected TV columnist and founder and editor-in-chief of TVLine.com—remembers his late husband, and the lessons, love, and laughter that they shared throughout their fourteen years together. For the past decade, TV fans of all stripes have counted upon Michael Ausiello’s insider knowledge to get the scoop on their favorite shows and stars. From his time at Soaps in Depth to his influential stints at TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly to his current role as founder and editor-in-chief of the wildly popular website TVLine.com, Michael has established himself as the go-to expert when it comes to our most popular form of entertainment. What many of his fans don’t know, however, is that while his professional life was in full swing, Michael had to endure the greatest of personal tragedies: his husband, Kit Cowan, was diagnosed with a rare and very aggressive form of neuroendocrine cancer. Over the course of eleven months, Kit and Michael did their best to combat the deadly disease, but Kit succumbed to his illness in February 2015. In this heartbreaking and darkly hilarious memoir, Michael tells the story of his harrowing and challenging last year with Kit while revisiting the thirteen years that preceded it, and how the undeniably powerful bond between him and Kit carried them through all manner of difficulty—always with laughter front and center in their relationship. Instead of a tale of sadness and loss, Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies is an unforgettable, inspiring, and beautiful testament to the resilience and strength of true love. (Publisher)

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On smaller dogs and larger life questions (2018)

Virago Press (imprint of Little, Brown Book Group)

Coming up to her sixtieth birthday, Kate Figes found herself turning to the larger questions of family, love and life's meaning. It is like this author to examine different stages in writing, and her books - from new motherhood and adolescence to coupledom and infidelity - testify to this way of understanding herself and others: so naturally she turned to writing to explore the challenges of becoming sixty. And then - a horrible, and sudden diagnosis of breast cancer which had metastasised. Instead of a gentle journey into middle age, Kate Figes began to write for her life. Now, clawing back confidence and control was not just the ordinary business of these years: it was the only way to try and survive great pain and emotional turmoil. As her writing became an honest reflection on ageing, failing, regrets and the importance of childhood memory, friends, family and love she found a new determination to live to the full and about finding ways to face up to a shortened life expectancy with dignity. Original, passionate, funny and moving, On Smaller Dogs and Larger Life Questions will resonate with anyone dealing with the many griefs and freedoms of midlife. It is about living with a life-threatening disease but it is even more: an intelligent and passionate look at the way we can approach disappointment and trouble, friendship and love - every day. (Publisher)

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