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The C-Word

4.43  ·  Rating Details ·  570 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
The incredibly moving, darkly humorous account of one woman's fight against breast cancer. Now a BBC Drama starring Sheridan Smith.

'Carrie Bradshaw fell in Dior, I fell in Debenhams. It was May 2008, and it was spectacular. Uncomfortable heels + slippy floor + head turned by a cocktail dress = thwack. Arms stretched overhead, teeth cracking on floor tiles, chest and knees
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 15th 2010 by Arrow (first published April 10th 2010)
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Ruby Tuesday
May 09, 2015 Ruby Tuesday rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
I'm a huge Sheridan Smith fan and had been waiting for ages for The C Word to be Televised and that's what inspired me to buy the book.

This is Lisa's story of being diagnosed with stage III breast cancer at the ripe old age of 28. She decided to start writing a blog when she was diagnosed so that she could offload all that she was thinking and feeling. Lisa had a phenomenal talent for writing, her tales were honest, engaging, sad yet above all, funny. I never expected to read a book about Breas
Sam Herbert
Aug 25, 2015 Sam Herbert rated it it was amazing
Having seen the BBC drama adaptation first, I then picked up this book. And, boy, is it emotional. Only 28 when diagnosed with breast cancer, Lisa Lynch took to writing a blog to get all of her thoughts, feelings and emotions off her chest, so to speak. Lisa's writing is just brilliant; she is funny, witty, and brutally honest. It's difficult to imagine reading a book about breast cancer that actually makes you laugh out loud, but The C-Word does just that, thanks to Lisa's fantastic writing. Th ...more
Apr 25, 2011 Leah rated it it was amazing
'Carrie Bradshaw fell in Dior, I fell in Debenhams. It was May 2008, and it was spectacular. Uncomfortable heels + slippy floor + head turned by a cocktail dress = thwack. Arms stretched overhead, teeth cracking on floor tiles, chest and knees breaking the fall. It was theatrical, exaggerated, a perfect 6.0. And it was Significant Moment #1 in discovering that I had grade-three breast cancer.' The last thing Lisa Lynch had expected to put on her 'things to do before you're 30' list was beating b ...more
William James
Jun 30, 2016 William James rated it it was amazing
A very uplifting but also very sad book
That I do think everyone should read.

I did cry reading it and just knowing what happened to her after the book come out

I got this in the works for 1.50 but it's worth far more pick this up no matter the price
Louise Mackin
May 15, 2016 Louise Mackin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting & well written book. It gives a very personal account of Lisa's cancer journey.
I wanted to watch the TV series last year but was unable to so instead decided to read the book.
May 11, 2015 Gaby rated it it was amazing
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In this nonfiction and very inspiring novel you'll find yourself crying and giving thanks for everything and everyone in your life. The book is based off a cancer blog and story told by Lisa Lynch and Nicole Taylor.
For starters, the C-word gives you a personal look at what things are like for cancer patients. More specifically women with breast cancer. It also clarifies some of the rumors. Like if you have cancer you'll lose your hair. This isn't true, hair loss is occurs bec
May 17, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it
I read a lot of books about cancer and this is one that stands out for the quality and clarity of the writing. Lisa Lynch knew where to put an apostrophe - and she should have as that was her profession. It's lovely to read something written by a writer who happened to get cancer, rather than a cancer patient who happened to want to force out a book.

Like many readers I had seen Sheridan Smith in the TV adaptation and in some ways that did spoil the book a bit. I couldn't read it without hearing
Tara Callus
Jun 20, 2015 Tara Callus rated it really liked it
Got a bit too much emotionally for me. couldn't cope with finishing it
May 13, 2015 Sharon rated it it was amazing
After seeing the brilliant TV drama I wanted to read this book, my only regret is I didn't get to read it when originally came out.
It's all the things you will read in reviews & more....
This is so well written, thought provoking, inspiring, yes a sad & horrible subject, but don't be put off by the title or subject, because the thing that stood out the most for me was the humour, actual real belly laugh stuff. Brilliant. Not one of those self congratulating "look how well I coped with ca
Jan 25, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A frank account of the authors own experiences with cancer.

A funny, heart warming and emotional read.
Sam Rosam
Sep 28, 2015 Sam Rosam rated it it was amazing
I wish I had known about this book before it was televised. Sheridan Smith was fantastic and Paul Nicholas was equally well cast. I read the book right after the tv programme and read it in one day - could not put it down. It's an an open and honest account of Lisa Lynch's fight with stage III breast cancer. Sadly she lost her battle in 2013. There was so much I did not know that I learnt from Lisa's writings and wish I had known some of this before my friend Julie died from brain cancer.
Joyce Ellis
Mar 07, 2016 Joyce Ellis rated it really liked it
Sadly, Ive decided not to finish this book. Its beautifully written, and had me crying and laughing, but the subject was just too emotional for me. I have lost both my sister and a very good friend to breast cancer in the last couple of years. My sisters experience was very similar to Lisas. The cancer eventually spread to her bones, spine and brain. I was so determined to finish the book, but eventually her descriptions of chemo etc were just too upsetting for me.
She seemed to deal with everyt
Megan Jones
May 03, 2015 Megan Jones rated it it was amazing
I wanted to read this before the TV film and what a read it was. Heart-breaking and incredibly emotional as Lisa chronicles her cancer from diagnosis through to the final treatment. Yet at the same time I laughed out loud a number of times as Lisa writes this so well and manages to include humour even in her darkest of days. This was excellent for detailing what was about to happen to her and then the results and Lisa managed to bring her own emotions into this and make it seem even more real. A ...more
Mar 29, 2012 Zuhamy rated it really liked it
Lisa can be really smutty and humorous. She finds ways to present harrowing situations in the most hilarious ways provoking contradictory feelings in the reader with her brutal honesty. Her warm writing style could easily fool you to believe that her emotional explorations are just that... emotional. However, the book doesn't only tell you how a 28 year old woman with a dreadful illness that she calls "the bullshit" feels... It shows you life interrupted; it shows you the effect of loving parent ...more
Dec 17, 2015 Dav rated it it was amazing
I bought this to try and understand the mindset of people who are going through this awful disease, and found this book both hilarious but also so, so moving. What a fantastic writer (and person!) Lisa Lynch was. Highly recommended for anyone who knows anyone who is going through that awful C-word.
Zee Monodee
Sep 29, 2015 Zee Monodee rated it it was amazing
Not an easy book to get through, but that could also be because I've been in those same shoes (diagnosed at 22) and I was nodding all along throughout and everything hit home way too close...
Was really saddened to learn that the author had passed away from her struggle and this made it even harder to finish the book, but was it worth the read? Totally! It's a life changer!
Alex Laycock
sorry fell below expectations, it is not written for humour but many comment it is witty,felt compelled to finish it in respect for her but the language was unorigional,tedious unorigional,saying that huge respect for putting pen to paper and am glad others have benefitted from it
I just watched the TV adaptation of Lisa Lynch's story and alternated between laughing out loud and sobbing my heart out the whole way through. I have a feeling that the book is going to cause the same kind of reaction so I'm going to have to build up to this one.
Apr 15, 2014 Hanisah rated it really liked it
The journey through breast cancer depicted in the book is very light-hearted and positive. I was able to understand better the pain and anguish some breast cancer survivors have to go through. Book was close to heart as main character is in her late 20s, married, trying to have a child but has to stop doing so because of cancer.
Zeenat Patel
Oct 16, 2016 Zeenat Patel rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this book. Having a few family members that were diagnosed with cancer over the past two years this book was a real eye-opener.

Lisa Lynch gets straight to the point. Her witty writing was extremely enjoyable.
Lainey Land
Jun 22, 2015 Lainey Land rated it it was amazing
After watching the televised version on BBC I was so inspired by her story that I just had to read this book and it was amazing. What an fabulous, funny, beautiful woman. The way she writes about what she's been through is just so wonderful and understandable (in the sense that someone who has never had cancer can get to grips with what happens without the long medical terms). Brilliant, brilliant book. God Bless Lisa Lynch x
Alison Ford
May 13, 2015 Alison Ford rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down! Great book, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking but what a great insight to what some people have to go through, nobody knows how tough it is until they are in the situation but this gives you a good idea
Jan 04, 2016 Janine rated it really liked it
This book was both, simultaneously, easy to read with it's chatty style and incredibly hard to read about someone going through so many emotions. It was witty, humorous and honest and I'm so glad she shared her story.
Suzanne Perry
Jun 07, 2015 Suzanne Perry rated it it was amazing
I'd give it ten stars if I could, not because it's so sad (which it is), but it's so well written, witty, intelligent, insightful and inspiring.
Christine Harris
Aug 17, 2015 Christine Harris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
Despite the subject matter this is one of the most enjoyable, witty and intelligently written books I have had the pleasure of reading lately.

I had heard of Lisa Lynch and "The C Word" before the BBC1 adaptation of her book, thanks to the brilliance of the book meaning it has been mentioned several times in modern day TV shows or magazines.

I definitely would recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a light hearted, comical yet searingly honest insight into how strong a beautiful young
Jun 12, 2015 Daniela rated it liked it
an inspiring read and it looks at the harsh horrific details of cancer treatment. Incredibly moving
Alison Johnson
Beautifully written book. For such a terrible disease Lisa makes this very personal book a brilliant read, written in such a way that you feel like part of her world. Incredibly funny especially the nicknames for the medical staff and the cancer itself (the bullshit), had me laughing out loud. Thank you for letting us be a part of your journey, the highs and lows till the end.
Jul 21, 2015 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A moving and often funny account of life with breast cancer. Much more in the book than in the recent TV dramatisation.
Dec 27, 2015 Sukhi rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I picked up this book randomly at my local library not really knowing what to expect but it was such a delight to read and so heart warming. It's written in such an easy to read manner and you feel like you are having a good old heart to heart with one of your best friends.

The author emotionally connects to the reader by being so honest about the struggles she faces with cancer and the way in which the cancer invades every area of her life, often in unexpected ways.

I really enjoyed this book an
Sarah P
May 28, 2016 Sarah P rated it really liked it
An excellently written account of a pretty shit situation
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