Tuesday 23 July 2019

Emma's novel is 'The Perfect Gift'

Emma Hannigan with Maria Duffy, Vanessa O’Loughlin and Andrea Hayes at Dubray Books
Emma Hannigan with Maria Duffy, Vanessa O’Loughlin and Andrea Hayes at Dubray Books

Mary Fogarty

As author Emma Hannigan launches her 10th novel, and prepares for her 10th bout of chemotherapy, one reader has purchased the chance to become a character in her next book.

Her earlier book 'The Secrets We Share' won The Epic Novel category at the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards in London on Monday evening.

Emma held the launch of 'The Perfect Gift' the previous Tuesday evening in Dubray Books, Bray, with news emerging soon after that the book made it to number one in the Irish fiction charts.

Elaine Crowley of TV3 officially launched the book in Dubray. 'I feel so honoured to have the support of the kind and thoughtful people who took the time to come along and be there to share my special night,' said Emma, whose latest offering examines motherhood. Roisin in 'The Perfect Gift' has received a birthday card each year from a mother she has never met. Brought up by her adoptive parents, Keeley and Doug, Roisin has wanted for nothing. But on her 30th birthday a letter comes that shakes her world.

Meanwhile, Emma has sold the chance to one fan to have their name in her next novel as part of the 'Get in Character' event. This was held as an online auction aid of the CLIC Sargent charity for young people with cancer. Other authors taking part included Emma Donoghue, the author of Room, Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train, and thriller writer Simon Kernick. Emma (43), was first told in 2005 that she had the BRCA 1 gene, leading her to opt for a preventative mastectomy and her ovaries removed the following year. However she was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 and each subsequent year. 'For me, writing fiction is incredibly cathartic. I may have been stuck in a chemotherapy unit or waiting for radiation over the years, but my mind was with my characters,' said Emma.

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