No doubt if, like me, you’re a fan of Neil Gaiman you’ll have already read about this.

Patry Francis managed to do that amazing thing every writer dreams of and got her book sold only to discover she had an aggressive form of cancer. That fact means instead of promoting her book, The Liar’s Diary, she’s stuck at home fighting her illness. And so a bunch of people in the literary blogosphere clubbed together yesterday to collectively push Patry’s book on its launch day.

So why am I blogging this to my very small readership?

A) I’ve listened to the excerpt and it’s good.

B) Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes

C) Cancer has taken more than its fair share out of my own family, most recently in 2005 when my Nan passed away. It’s a horrible illness, incredibly difficult for sufferers and family of sufferers alike, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. If I can help anyone, especially a fellow writer, then…I’m like…where do I sign…even if I do sound like a tool.

So buy the book. More importantly read it.

And get well soon Patry.