Cancer campaigner and podcast host Dame Deborah James has said she is “empty” that she will not live to see her second book published.
Emme Deborah, better known online as Bowl Babe, has raised over £6 million through her online fundraiser for cancer charities.
In a post on Instagram on Tuesday evening, Dame Deborah revealed that she has written her second book, titled How to Live When You Can Be Dead.
In her caption, Dame Deborah expressed regret that the book was unlikely to survive until it was published, despite its release date being pushed forward.
She said: “I wrote another book!! So I have some things to share with you before I die that I wouldn’t see in real life! But now I’ve got permission to share them and I really I’m excited!
“For the past 2 years I’ve been working on my second book, How to Live When You Can Be Dead – Oh the irony of the title! On how to keep a positive mindset when we face life’s biggest challenges, I Wanted to share my (hard won!!) lesson.
“While this is in its final edit, as anyone in publication will know, suddenly changing book publication dates (regardless of health!) is not an easy feat. It was originally due January 2023!!!
“All things considered, Penguin managed to pre-order it and aim to publish it on August 18th! I’ve got a long time to fly high, but hopefully there’s a lot to wait for you.” It will take a little less time.”
Dame Deborah’s first book, F*** You Cancer: How to Face the Big C, Live Your Life and Still Be Yourself, was published in 2018.
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Also in the post, she revealed that £3 from each book sold will go to her Bowelbabe fund for Cancer Research UK.
Dame Deborah said: “We’ve worked really hard over the past few days to make sure the book benefits the Bowelbabe Fund as much as possible. All my royalties will go to the fund and Penguin kindly agreed to make an additional contribution per book The total donation per book will be £3.
“£3 per book sold in the UK will go to the Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK.”
She continued: “There’s no pressure to do anything or order anything because I know your generosity has already been exceptional.”
Dame Deborah was recently awarded a Damehood for her “tireless campaign”, which exceeded her original fundraising goal of £250,000, 24 times.
Last week, the Duke of Cambridge presented him with his damehood at his family home.