C: Because Cowards Get Cancer Too, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


Shortly before his 44th birthday, John Diamond received a call from the doctor who had removed a lump from his neck.

Having been assured for the previous 2 years that this was a benign cyst, Diamond was told that it was, in fact, cancerous.

Suddenly, this man who'd until this point been one of the world's greatest hypochondriacs, was genuinely faced with mortality. And what he saw scared the wits out of him. Out of necessity, he wrote about his feelings in his TIMES column and the response was staggering.

Mailbag followed Diamond's story of life with, and without, a lump - the humiliations, the ridiculous bits, the funny bits, the tearful bits.

It's compelling, profound, witty, in the mould of THE DIVING BELL & THE BUTTERFLY.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Publishing
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  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9780091816650

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The Harrowing tale of his bout with cancer of the Tongue and throat. The Hardback ends on a semi-hopeful note, the paperback notes that he died shortly after finishing the book. Funny, realistic, witty, brilliant.

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This is a funny and moving account of a man's fight with cancer (which he subsequently lost). John Diamond was a (London) Times journalist who wrote weekly columns covering his battle. I found the book sad but uplifting (as a lot of these books do, they end up portraying endurance and - despite the title - courage, in a way which manages to avoid mawkishness).

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John Diamond was a Journalist who wrote an amusing colum about his family life in the Sunday Times. Whilst he was in his early 40s he was diagnosed with cancer. He carried on writting his colum about the relatity of life with cancer. It's a brave witty account of the treatment, even though he claims to be a 'coward' because he has the fears everyone faces. I know one Consultant who reccomends it to his juniors to find out what 'cancer's actually like'.

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UK columnist writes about the progression of his throat cancer and the treatments he endures. An interesting if not entirely enlightening account.<br/>