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Call it a mid-life crisis, but you reach a point where nothing makes sense anymore. Not the goals you set yourself, the years focussed on trying to achieve them, what was let go, what was gained along the way. You look back and think, Is that it? Then you get sick. And everything changes.'
This startlingly honest and often hilarious memoir from one of Ireland's best-loved comediennes is told through the lens of cancer treatment and its aftermath. From the moment when she heard but didn't necessarily absorb the shocking diagnosis, through the months that followed, Gildea describes the mixed emotion of the journey, at once swept along on its tide and struggling to grapple with its effects.
Through depression, comedy, Catholicism, chemotherapy, the bog, emigration, sex, mastectomy, fear and love, I've Got Cancer, What's Your Excuse? takes a refreshingly irreverent look at life, the stuff it throws at you, and what you do with it, as it ultimately asks: 'Did cancer save me?
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Anne Gildea is a Dublin based writer and performer. In a varied career she has toured internationally with her all-girl comedic songster group, The Nualas; has written and performed comedy material for radio and television for both RTE in Ireland and the BBC in the UK, worked as a solo stage comedienne and is a published novelist. Since Feb 2007 she has been a weekly columnist with The Irish Mail on Sunday.Review:
Honest, insightful and entertaining―Irish Independent
[Anne Gildea demonstrates] A deft comedic touch and a distinct writerly skill―Sunday Business Post
Unflinching and frequently comic―RTE Guide
On her novel: 'Comic writing at its best.' The Irish Times.―Irish Times
On her 'varied career': 'Well Anne, you have made all wrong decisions in your life.'―Mrs. Gildea (mother).
On The Nualas: 'The new rock 'n' roll.' The Independent (London).―The Independent
Laugh out loud funny―Hot Press
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Book Description Hachette Books Ireland. Condition: New. Num Pages: 288 pages. BIC Classification: VFJB. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 232 x 160 x 21. Weight in Grams: 382. . 2013. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Seller Inventory # KTJ0024713
Book Description Hachette Books Ireland, 2013. Condition: New. Num Pages: 288 pages. BIC Classification: VFJB. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 232 x 160 x 21. Weight in Grams: 382. . 2013. Paperback. . . . . . Seller Inventory # KTJ0024713
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Book Description Hachette Books Ireland, 2013. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 288 pages. 9.50x6.00x1.00 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk1444743430