Sunday 19 May 2019

Emma Hannigan's book 'Letters To My Daughters' reaches Number 1 in Irish book charts

Writers and actors have been urged to publicly read a chapter each to raise money for cancer research

HEARTBREAKING: Emma Hannigan has said her cancer cannot be held off much longer
HEARTBREAKING: Emma Hannigan has said her cancer cannot be held off much longer

Sarah Slater

Emma Hannigan's latest novel, Letters To My Daughters, has reached number one in the Irish book charts.

Publishers Dubray Books announced the news on Twitter after the #LetterstoMyDaughters social media campaign led by fellow Irish authors helped the book to reach the top of the best-seller's list.

They also asked for donations to the Breast Cancer Ireland, for which Emma is an ambassador. Dubray Books is supporting the cause by donating all profits from the sales of the book to the charity. Eason also said it would make donations.

Author and mother-of-two Hannigan (45), who has been battling cancer for several years, this week revealed that doctors can no longer help her.

Maria Doyle Kennedy
Maria Doyle Kennedy

She said last Friday that the love of her family, friends and fans has sustained her throughout her fight.

She discovered in 2005 that she was carrying the BRCA 1 cancer gene, which meant an 85pc chance of developing breast cancer and a 50pc chance of ovarian cancer.

Emma Hannigan's Novel, Letters to My Daughter
Emma Hannigan's Novel, Letters to My Daughter

To reduce her risk to 5pc, she had surgery to remove her breasts, ovaries and fallopian tubes.

In spite of the surgery, she was diagnosed with cancer for the first time in 2007, and her 11-year battle began.

Now actress and singer Maria Doyle Kennedy has called on writers and actors to publicly read a chapter each of Emma's latest book to raise money for cancer research.

Doyle Kennedy is hoping the Olympia Theatre will host the event after expressing her feelings on Twitter.

The Commitments and Striking Out star tweeted: "I know there are lots of writers, actors and friends who could line up to read a chapter each or part of one. I'm in for starters. Olympia theatre?"

Thousands of people have expressed their upset at the Hannigan's devastating news.

Author Patricia Scanlan tweeted: "Darling Emma, so brave, so strong. A powerful goddess who has helped and inspired so many.

"Let all the love come back to you now and envelop you in its tender embrace. A conflagration of candle lighting."

Cecelia Ahern wrote: "Dear Emma, thank you for your strength, courage, honesty and for sharing your beautiful stories with the world. You teach about what's real."

Hannigan, the author of 13 books, thanked her fans for their messages.

"I can't begin to thank you all for the gorgeous comments and kind messages," she said.

"But if you'd like to help create new cures, text CURE to 50300.

"It will cost you €4 but I promise it will help. Without new drugs I wouldn't have had the last 10 years."


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