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Dancing With The Red Devil: A Memoir of Love, Hope, Family and Cancer

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18th January 2024

Price: £12.99

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781472296368

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‘A beautifully written gem of a book, both inspiring and poignant.’ Elton John

‘Incisive and heart-rending.’ Richard E Grant

Sarah Standing is a wife, a mother, a journalist, a toy shop owner, a grandmother, a great friend, a daughter, and a lover of life. She does not have the time, or inclination, to deal with cancer. But shit happens. After a week or two of struggling to catch her breath, Sarah pops along to see her GP for a few tests. By the end of the day, she has a bag of what looks like bone broth draining from her body and is dealing with a diagnosis of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. It’s cancer, says her doctor, but it’s the good kind.

Radiating personality from the very first page, this memoir is filled with joy, hope and love, and screams ‘FUCK YOU, CANCER’ at the top of its lungs. Covering the six months that Sarah undergoes chemo – separated from her family by the laws of lockdown – this book will make you laugh, sob and grab life firmly by the balls so you can live the hell out of it.


Juliet Nicolson
A wonderful, life-loving, life-living memoir. The fragile line between illness and health is made rock solid by her resilience, by laughter and especially by love.
Julia Samuel
This is a book that makes you want to live and love every day.
Richard E Grant
Incisive and heart-rending.
Susannah Constantine
Utterly wonderful. With comedy and candour Sarah has delivered a book that I will return to over and over again.
Elton John
A beautifully written gem of a book, both inspiring and poignant.
Trisha Goddard
A grittily charming book. Sarah writes as she speaks: with down to earth honesty and self-depreciating wit. Dancing with the Red Devil should be required reading for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer.
William Boyd
A tremendous book, and a remarkable testament to one woman's pluck, sense-of-humour and steely resolve.