Terminally ill Irish author Emma Hannigan's book hits number one spot

Terminally ill Irish author Emma Hannigan's book hits number one spot

A CAMPAIGN launched to benefit bestselling author Emma Hannigan, a 10-time cancer survivor has succeeded in getting her new book, Letters to my Daughters to number one.

Hannigan recently revealed she hasn’t long to live after her medical team confirmed they could do no more for her.

In 2005, the 45-year-old mother-of-two learnt she carried the BRCA1 ‘breast cancer’ gene and decided to have both breasts and her ovaries removed to reduce her heightened risk.

Despite her surgeries, Hannigan was diagnosed as having cancer for the first time in 2007 and has since fought the disease 10 times.

Despite her brave battle, Hannigan revealed via her blog that “all avenues have now been exhausted”.


A mother to Sacha and Kim, and a wife to Cian, Hannigan wrote: “All good things must come to an end

“The time that I knew was borrowed must be given back soon, so it seems.

“The conversation I never wanted to have has been said.

“My medical team have thrown everything but the kitchen sink at this fight but all avenues have now been exhausted.

“To say that I am heartbroken doesn’t begin to cover it...Nothing else has much meaning anymore. Just the love I feel for the people I hold dear,” she added.

Since the devastating news, Irish authors and book-lovers came together to get Hannigan's newest novel 'Letters to My Daughters' to the number one spot before her untimely passing.

Authors such as Marian Keyes, Anna McPartlin and Lizzie Nugent clubbed together to lend their voices to the campaign to honour 45-year-old Hannigan.


Today, Dubray Books confirmed the novel had reached the number one spot and announced they'd share profits with Breast Cancer Ireland.