The Gift of Friends: the final novel from the beloved Emma Hannigan

Article by Writing IE Admin © 25 February 2019 writing.ie .
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The Gift of Friends, the final novel from the beloved and inspiring Emma Hannigan, is a life-affirming, uplifting story that celebrates the strength and joys of female friendship.

Kingfisher Road – a leafy, peaceful street in the town of Vayhill. But there are whispers behind closed doors. Who is moving into Number 10? Danielle appears to her new neighbours to have the perfect, glossy life. But not everything is as it seems…In fact, each of the other four women who live close by has a secret, and each is nursing their own private heartache. But could a gift be waiting on their doorsteps? And, by opening their front doors, and their hearts, to each other, could the women of Kingfisher Road discover all the help they need?

Emma Hannigan was the beloved and bestselling author of thirteen novels, including the No.1 bestseller Letters to My Daughters. Her bestselling memoir Talk to the Headscarf was updated and revised as All To Live For: Fighting Cancer. Finding Hope.

In 2007 Emma was diagnosed with breast cancer and her eleven-year battle with cancer began. As an ambassador for Breast Cancer Ireland Emma worked to dispel the fears around cancer and spread hope about new treatments. In February 2018 Emma shared that her team of dedicated doctors had exhausted all avenues in terms of her treatment. She launched a social media campaign #HelpEmmaHelpOthers to raise €100k for Breast Cancer Ireland. This campaign raised over €135k within three weeks before she died. In the final months of her life, Emma completed her thirteenth novel, The Gift of Friends, sending her acknowledgements to her editor just days before she passed away.

On the anniversary of her passing and on the publication of her final novel, The Gift of Friends, Breast Cancer Ireland and the Hannigan family are launching a new drive to continue Emma’s legacy of raising funds to support research efforts. Her father, Philip Hannigan, says, “Emma was very clear that every effort should be made to support ongoing research into breast cancer so that no other family would have to suffer a loss like this.”

CEO of Breast Cancer Ireland, Aisling Hurley adds, “Our memories of Emma are so vivid. Her final book, The Gift of Friends, epitomises who she was: a woman full of life, love and sparkle who held friendships very dear.  Her energy and commitment to research spurs us on every day and we pledge to honour Emma’s legacy, as we continue to raise significant funds to speed up our research discovery times and ultimately affect better treatment outcomes for patients, thereby changing the landscape of this disease into the future.

Breast Cancer Ireland raises significant funding for research into breast cancer as well as promoting education and awareness on the importance of breast health amongst women of all ages.  To make a €4.00 donation text CURE to 50300 or go to www.breastcancerireland.com

Order your copy of The Gift of Friends here.