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The C-Word

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  217 ratings  ·  37 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
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 15th 2010 by Arrow (first published April 10th 2010)
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Ruby Tuesday
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
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Gaby
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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
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Tara Callus
Got a bit too much emotionally for me. couldn't cope with finishing it
Sharon
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
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Megan Jones
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
Leah
'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
Clair Sharpe
I'd heard of her blog before I saw the TV show and after watching Sheridan Smith I knew I had to read it for myself. What an amazibg woman - wish I'd known her and she'd been my friend - what an inspiration. Very funny but hard to read, especially knowing the outcome. I also learnt a lot, despite having been with my mum through her cancer treatment - shows each cancer is treated differently. It's also made me check myself a lot more carefully.
Zuhamy
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
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
Sarah
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.
Hanisah
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.
Elaine
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
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
Suzanne Perry
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.
Daniela
an inspiring read and it looks at the harsh horrific details of cancer treatment. Incredibly moving
Carrie Anne
Fantastic read - had me laughing and crying all at once ! Loved the BBC adaptation played by Sheridan Smith it was the program that prompted me to read the book.
Sukhi
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
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Amanda
An amazing book which had me in tears and laughter at the same time.
Lisa Mc
Loved this very honest book
Sindre
[...]get yourself a cup of tea (or Gin & Tonic) and some biscuits and read about Lisa and how she felt as nervous as Pete Doherty in a customs bust when visiting the hairdresser (one of the many passages that made me snort/laugh/spurt-liquid-through-my-nose).

Or the fantastic Mr. P. concocted what I only can imagine to be an epic pot of chili when faced with dull taste buds, and many many others.

head over to: http://bit.ly/hdpHbw for my full review (wordpress site, no nasty stuff... honest)
Gordon McLean
Feels slightly wrong to focus on how often this book made me chuckle, but it did (I think that was the intention, thankfully).

It would've been very easy for this to be an overly emotional story but instead we are treated to a frank and honest retelling of how a life is changed by The Bullshit, a story which had me crying both with laughter and in sympathy.

Overall a hugely enjoyable read, and it's even better that you can then go and read even more on her blog!

Sharon Mckinlay
This is a great book. I was totally amazed at how brave Lisa was thoughout her treatment. I loved her humour & her straight talking. Very, very brave lady x
Caz
Fantastic read - had me laughing and crying all at once ! Loved the BBC adaptation played by Sheridan Smith it was the program that prompted me to read the book.
Callie Carling
Finished it!!! Bloody brilliant book and her first year through the trials & triumphs pretty much matched my own (especially the emotional & physical reactions to chemo & RT) ... RIP Lisa xx
Erika Watson
Absolutely brilliant, funny sad informative.
Sarah Robertson
Fab book, heart breaking yet heartwarming! Definately recommend this! :-)
Jo Apted
Funny, heart warming, inspiring. Brilliant book but incredibly sad. Cancer certainly is a c-word.
Krissie Lenting
I read this book in Dutch and think that all the humor of this book was lost in the translation. I didn't find the book humorous or witty, it tried to be, but didn't live up to its claims, unfortunately.
Sophie
Amazing book - and I'm only half way through. Recommend this to anyone who's interested in what it's like to deal with a massive, life-changing ordeal... in your twenties.
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