Josie Lloyd had been writing novels for twenty years, when in 2017, she was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine scan. An avid reader, her first instinct was to try and find a novel about what she was going through. She wanted to read something positive, hopeful and uplifting, but she couldn't find what she was looking for. It was whilst she was going through treatment that she joined a group of runners, all of whom were also affected by cancer and together they entered and finished the Brighton Marathon 10K. It was amazing experience that inspired her the novel she felt she'd needed when she started her cancer journey. Published as 'The Cancer Ladies' Running Club', in the UK and 'The Brightside Running Club' in the United States, the novel has been described as: 'Amazing, heartbreaking, inspiring,' Jenny Colgan. ‘A love letter to the power of friendship, honest and uplifting’ Jill Mansell 'A searingly honest, but fiercely positive story about the importance of friendship and the power of hope told with Josie's characteristic warmth and humour.' Mike Gayle ‘What an engaging and life-affirming story! A page-turner, too, with such wonderful characters. I loved it!’ Rachel Hore 'I thoroughly enjoyed this honest, no-holds-barred story. It is by turns funny, inspiring and incredibly moving.' Kathryn Hughes 'Brave, bold Josie Lloyd has written an incredibly important book. I was charmed by her light touch yet fearlessness in dealing with the deeply emotional subject matter. Every woman should read it.' Veronica Henry Thanks to the amazing cancer treatment available, Josie is restored to fine health and has become the first patron of the charity Lobular Breast Cancer UK as well as an ambassador for The Sussex Cancer Fund. She hopes to inspire women and to show that it's possible to not just survive, but to thrive on the other side of cancer. Mother of three teens and a beloved dog, Ziggy, Josie lives in Brighton in the UK with her husband, Emlyn Rees, with whom she sometimes co-writes. Together they have written seven internationally best-selling novels, including Come Together, which was number one for ten weeks, published in twenty-seven languages and made into a Working Title film. They've also written several parodies of their favourite children's books, including 'We're Going On A Bar Hunt', 'The Very Hungover Caterpillar' and 'The Teenager Who Came To Tea'. Josie also writes as Joanna Rees, as she likes writing contemporary fiction as well as big, sweeping historical dramas. Her latest 'Stitch In Time' trilogy is set in the 1920's in London, Paris and New York. When she's not writing, Josie is a keen sea swimmer and swims all year round no matter what the weather. She also likes walking and is undertaking a challenge to climb mountains named after breasts in Scotland in May 2022.Read more Read less
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