Unbound has launched memoir How to Glitter a Turd from Coppafeel! founder Kris Hallenga.
Hallenga founded Coppafeel!, which educates young people about the signs and symptoms of cancer, after she was diagnosed with Stage 4, secondary, incurable breast cancer aged 23. She was told she stood a one in10 chance of surviving beyond five years and Unbound said the launch marks 11 years since her diagnosis.
How to Glitter a Turd aims “help people navigate any of life’s big challenges, as well as the very particular trauma that is cancer.”
Hallenga said: “This book will shine a new perspective on survival. I’ve survived the un-survivable for 11 years, and am slowly figuring out why. It’s my discoveries that can help the most ordinary of people, with the most normal of life’s problems, learn from a normal girl with an extraordinary story. In doing so I hope to take away the very conditioned fear that has been instilled in us at the word ‘cancer’.”
Unbound commissioning editor Joelle Owusu said: “I’m delighted to be working with Kris on such a unique and exciting book. She is a true inspiration and she puts her heart and vivacious personality into everything she does. This book offers a whole-hearted and funny perspective on the realities of living with cancer and she is not just surviving but thriving. It’s been a joy to bring the project to life.”
Kris stepped down as Coppafeel! c.e.o. three years ago but still works for the charity part-time. She writes and speaks regularly about her experiences
How to Glitter a Turd is available for pledge on Unbound: https://unbound.com/books/kris/