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Recommended Reading

16,000 people diagnosed with a brain tumour every year

Listening to our brain tumour community, we know that sometimes a book can help you to cope, to learn more about the disease, to discover other people’s stories and find inspiration in their words.  

We’ve pulled together a list of book titles that we think might be helpful for those living with a brain tumour, having lost someone to the devastating disease, or understanding the challenges facing those who work in front line of treatments.

We’ve summarised the books on this page and provided a link to where you can buy them online. Don’t forget, you can use easyfundraising to do your online shopping and raise funds for Brain Tumour Research at the same time.

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Danny’s Journey – Chris Green

The true story of Danny Green’s battle with brain and spine cancer, as told by his dad Chris Green.

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The Finch in My Brain: How I forgot how to read but found how to live – Martino Sclavi

"I have a Finch on the left side of my brain, and no matter what happens along the way, I know that it will help me to fly and transform all my handicaps into new ways of seeing and narrating the comedy and drama of everyday life." – Martino Sclavi

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Jack and Jen – Jeni McCrea

The true story of how your world is tipped on its head following a brain cancer diagnosis at a young age.

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Pear Shaped – Adam Blain 

The true story of Adam Blain, a 44-year-old London lawyer and family man who one day, ends up in A&E after a series of headaches and consistent nausea. Expecting to be sent home with a packet of Paracetamol, he’s shocked when harassed doctors are suddenly offering to buy him gourmet coffee. 

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The Iceberg: A Memoir – Marion Coutts

In 2008 the art critic Tom Lubbock was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The tumour was located in the area controlling speech and language, and would eventually rob him of the ability to speak. This is a memoir written by his wife Marion Coutts.  

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Until Further Notice, I Am Alive – Tom Lubbock 

In 2008, Tom Lubbock was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour and told he had only two years to live. Physically fit and healthy, and suffering from few symptoms, he faced his death with the same directness and courage that had marked the rest of his life. 

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Brain Tumours: Living low grade – Gideon Burrows

Slow growing brain tumours change lives forever. This readable and moving non-technical guide is about living with a low grade tumour, a diagnosis given to thousands of people every year.

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A Brain Tumour Travel Tale – Claire Bullimore 

“In 2008 I was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour when I was 25... I keep a diary that I have now turned into this book. The book shows my true emotions and hardships of a brain tumour, surgery, recovery and then the scars inside and out.” – Claire Bullimore

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Like A Hole In The Head – Ivan Noble 

Faced with a desperately hard battle against cancer, Ivan decided he would like to share his experiences with readers of the BBC News website. He hoped it could help demystify a disease that touches so many lives, and would allow people across the world to discuss the disease and share their experiences.

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Do No Harm – Henry Marsh 

Why has no one ever written a book like this before? It simply tells the stories, with great tenderness, insight and self-doubt, of a phenomenal neurosurgeon…” – The Observer

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Admissions: A life in Brain Surgery – Henry Marsh 

Henry Marsh has spent a lifetime operating on the surgical frontline. There have been exhilarating highs and devastating lows, but his love for the practice of neurosurgery has never wavered. 

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The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat – Oliver Sacks 

Oliver Sacks has become the world’s best-known neurologist. His case studies of broken minds offer brilliant insight into the mysteries of consciousness”  – The Guardian. 

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When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi

At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade’s training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying next he was a patient struggling to live. 

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Living with a brain tumor: A guide to taking control of your treatment – Peter Black

Each year, thousands of people are diagnosed with a brain tumour. Dr. Peter McLaren Black provides an accessible medical resource for adult patients and their families.

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