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Both memoir and self-help book, this is the remarkable chronicle of a passage from terminal diagnosis to exuberant wellness in just a few months.

The Cancer Whisperer reverses our traditional adversarial relationship with cancer by teaching us how to listen to it; how to be healed by it as well as seek to cure it; and how to be emotionally free of illness even when physically curtailed.

Living on the frontier between her fierce will to live and necessary willingness to die, Sophie - now thriving with cancer - shares her journey with searing honesty, unapologetic vulnerability and intelligent pragmatism. Alongside rare insights into a condition now affecting approximately one in three people, she challenges the mental conditioning we need to overcome to redefine our narratives about cancer.

As 'the cancer whisperer', she offers a groundbreaking practical guide that will encourage cancer patients to:

  • Direct their own treatment while preserving their personhood in a system that tends to see them as patients more than people.
  • Engage with fear, anger and grief in healthy and healing ways instead of toughing it out, trying to be positive or collapsing into despair.
  • Radically shift from being a cancer victim to a cancer listener - to seeing cancer less as a disease than as a symptom of other underlying causes, and engaging proactively with whatever changes it calls on them to make.

Discover what the author calls 'the whispering, the reaching into a well of darkness and finding your hands painted with light'. Inspired, wise and moving, this book is as unflinching as Lisa Lynch's The C Word and as uplifting as Kris Carr's Crazy, Sexy Cancer and carries us to a new threshold in our relationship with cancer, strengthening our ability to meet it with courage, creativity, gratitude and grace.

©2015 Sophie Sabbage (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

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  • Quintin
  • 14-05-18

The most beautiful book I’ve read

I have never wept as much reading any other work. I do not have cancer and have not walked alongside anyone that has. The profound resonance with my heart is related, I believe to the way the author has engaged with a monumental struggle. We all face what seems like insurmountable challenges. Sophie shows how to do so in a manner that is profound in its intensity, honesty and vulnerability. Her poetry and eloquence alone make this book compulsory reading for my children when they come of age.