The Cancer Ladies’ Running Club by Josie Lloyd #BookReview #HQ #NetGalley #5*

Sometimes we need our friends to help us find our feet…

When Keira first receives her breast cancer diagnosis, she doesn’t want to have to tell her family, or step back from work. She doesn’t want to sit in a hospital, or be part of a group of fellow cancer patients. Cancer is not her club.

But as she accepts that her health is no longer something she can rely on, Keira finds herself embracing running. And running in the company of a group of brilliant, funny women each going through treatment unexpectedly gives Keira the hope she needs.

Because the C-word is not going to define Keira’s identity. And with the Cancer Ladies’ Running Club cheering her on, she’s going to reclaim her life.

One step at a time.

Life isn’t always the race we expected to run but this moving and uplifting novel is full of hope and about love, family, friendship and the power of finding your tribe.

A Truly Endearing Read!

An absolutely amazing read .. and one I have relished!

Keira is shocked to her core when, as the result of a voluntary breast screening, she is diagnosed with cancer. She wants to keep it to herself, not tell her family and keep on working in her business but cancer doesn’t wait for anything. She is soon persuaded to run with others to keep her fitness levels up whilst she undergoes treatment. The friends she makes do more for her wellbeing than anything else but life doesn’t stop for illness; this is Keira’s story.

What a corker of a read! I’m not sure what I expected from this one, but it quite cheering; full of positivity but doesn’t shy away from the hard moments. The author has created a fine bunch of characters, all realistic and entirely believable. There is nothing morbid about this novel and I can imagine it’s positivity will help many a person as it is an upbeat read which doesn’t hide from the fact that life goes on alongside the cancer fight. A truly endearing read and one I wouldn’t have missed for anything. Josie Lloyd writes beautifully and although this is fiction, her own experiences obviously impacted strongly on her writing. An excellent read and one which, for me, has blown away several myths and replaced them with reality. This is definitely a five star read, and one I would recommend – to everyone.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: women’s fiction

Author Details

Josie Lloyd‘s first novel, It Could Be You, was published in 1997 and since then she’s written fifteen bestselling novels (as Joanna Rees and other pen names) including the number one hit Come Together, which she co-authored with her husband, Emlyn Rees, which was number one for ten weeks, published in twenty-seven languages and made into a Working Title film. Josie has also written several best-selling parodies with Emlyn, including We’re Going On A Bar Hunt, The Very Hungover Caterpillar and The Teenager Who Came To Tea. They both live together in Brighton with their three daughters and their dog.

In 2017 Josie was diagnosed with breast cancer, picked up on a voluntary mammogram. She underwent an operation, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, during which she met a group of women with whom she ran with regularly. Despite all of them being affected by cancer, and being in the middle of chemo and completely bald herself, she entered and finished the Brighton Marathon 10K with her gang of running mates.

This amazing experience inspired her latest novel, The Cancer Ladies’ Running Club, which is to be published by HQ in May 2021.

Thanks to the amazing cancer treatment available here in the UK, Josie is restored to fine health and is now an Ambassador for The Sussex Cancer Fund. She believes that a mid-life shake-up has been no bad thing and that it’s possible to not just survive cancer, but to positively thrive because of the experience of going through it.

She hopes that her book will enlighten people who are – like she was – terrified even of the word ‘cancer’. She also hopes that it will bring comfort and hope to people who have been affected by this dreadful disease.

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