Pan Mac acquires French bestseller

Pan Macmillan has acquired a book inspired by the experience of cancer which has gone to number one in the French bestseller charts. According to the publisher, it has sold more than a quarter of a million copies in eight weeks in the author's native country.

Editorial director Liz Gough bought UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Australia, New Zealand and Canada, to Not the Last Goodbye: Reflections on Life, Death, Healing and Cancer by Dr David Servan-Schreiber from Kerry Glencourse at Susanna Lea Associates.

Gough called it an "inspiring and heartbreaking book", and said: "David takes us with him on an extraordinary journey as he shows us not only how to live, how to heal and how to fight for survival, but ultimately, how to die gracefully."

Pan Macmillan will publish on 18th November 2011, and will also reissue his first book, Healing Without Freud or Prozac, in the same jacket livery at that time.

Servan-Schreiber, who also wrote the title Anticancer, passed away in July this year from brain cancer, weeks after the French publication of Not the Last Goodbye.