Simon & Schuster UK has acquired My Lynda, a tribute to Lynda Bellingham by her husband Michael Pattemore.
Bellingham died in October after battling colon cancer.
In the book, Pattemore describes how he struggled to cope with her illness and his experience of grief, both when he confronted the news of her illness and when he learned it would be terminal.
Suzanne Baboneau, m.d of the adult publishing division at S&S UK, and editor of Bellingham’s two works of fiction, acquired the book through a deal with Gordon Wise at Curtis Brown. My Lynda will offer hope and support to readers who have lost partners in the same way as Bellingham’s book There’s Something I’ve Been Dying to Tell You (Coronet), said the publisher.
Pattermore said: "I’ve written so honestly about my own great love and devastating loss in the hope that I can offer a bit of comfort and support to bereaved people like me everywhere. Lynda touched so many lives in There’s Something I’ve Been Dying to Tell You and I’d like to think she’d approve of what I’ve done, carrying on the story for them.
“Our 10 years together was, without doubt, the happiest time in both our lives. I miss her like mad, but I know she’s still around me. I hope the book is also a tribute to her and says some of the truly phenomenal things about Lynda that I know she’d never have dreamed of telling you herself.”
S&S will publish My Lynda in October, marking the first anniversary of Lynda’s death.