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Breathing Out is a cancer survivor’s memoir with a difference, the book is full of practical advice, meticulous research and knowledge garnered from Karen’s journey, punctuated by hope, positivity and a smattering of very funny black humour. ‘You’ve got cancer’ are not the words you expect to hear when you’re a 40-something marathon running fitness freak who has never even smoked a cigarette. Karen Hockney’s extraordinary battle with breast cancer was different in two ways. First, as an Englishwoman living in the south of France, a stone’s throw from Cannes, she suddenly had to contend with language barriers and an unfamiliar health system. Secondly, as a leading showbusiness writer, her job was jet-setting around the world to meet some of the most famous celebrities of our time. How could she cope with facing them sans wig, battling nausea and exhaustion? How would they react – and was it really possible to go from Cancer to Cannes Film Festival in the space of a few weeks? The book is not just an inspirational story, it is also packed with practical advice and support for anyone who has to deal with cancer, either personally or in support of a friend or loved one. With honest and forthright tips on everything from exercise to nutrition to social situations this is a wonderfully positive resource.
Karen Hockney has over 25 years of experience as a journalist, writing for UK newspapers and magazines on news, features, entertainment, travel, documentaries, film and music. She cut her teeth working with Piers Morgan at The Sun and her freelance clients include The Times, The Sunday Times, You Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, The Evening Standard, The Daily Mail, Radio Times, Heat and Hello. She swapped London for the Cote d’Azur and lives near Grasse with her husband and two daughters, regularly covering the Cannes Film Festival, the Monte Carlo TV Festival and MIPCOM.