Victoria Derbyshire to publish account of dealing with cancer

Victoria Derbyshire to publish account of dealing with cancer

Trapeze is publishing BBC journalist and broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire’s account of dealing with breast cancer in Dear Cancer, Love Victoria: A Mum's Diary of Hope.

In 2015 Derbyshire, who has spent 20 years as a journalist, found herself at the heart of the news after being diagnosed with breast cancer. She decided to live out her treatment and recovery in the spotlight in a series of video diaries in a bid to encourage others to seek diagnosis and help. The diaries have now reached 13 million people.

Derbyshire's account - described as "moving, wonderfully heart-warming and ultimately uplifting" - explains how she dealt with that diagnosis, sharing her day-to-day experiences of life following it and coming to terms with her future. It will cover how she felt from the moment she woke up to find her right breast had collapsed, to telling her partner and children, through to mastectomy and chemotherapy, from wearing a wig to work and hiding it from her colleagues, to the relief and joy of finishing treatment before immediately flying to Glasgow to present a debate on the European Referendum. 

Trapeze publisher Anna Valentine bought world rights to the book from Felicity Blunt at Curtis Brown Group Limited to publish in September 2017 in hardback and e-book.

Valentine said: “This book moved me to tears in the first few pages and I knew instantly that we had to publish it. But I need to add that it wasn’t in a maudlin way. I was touched by the beautiful simplicity with which Victoria wrote about her experiences and I felt I understood even in a tiny way, how someone feels, how the thought process works, when they get ‘that’ news. Victoria’s story is well-known already, but in this book she brings a whole new dimension, a very real one, where I felt I could be reading about my own mother, friend or sister. Brilliantly compelling and, most importantly, brilliantly written, it’s real honour to bring Victoria to Trapeze.”

Derbyshire said: “This is a frank account of my breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, as recorded in my diary each night.  Initially my world came crashing down - but this is a positive book.  I hope it will give you courage and strength - whether you've been diagnosed yourself or are supporting someone who's going through it."