BAH! BRILLIANT BOOK BONANZA LAUNCHES TODAY
Today breast cancer survivor, blogger and avid reader Stephanie Butland launches the Bah! Brilliant Book Bonanza, an online giveaway of good, uplifting books for anyone in need of a good, uplifting read. The BBBB also raises funds for cancer charities.
Stephanie, 38, who has blogged her dance with breast cancer since 2008, says, “When you are ill it’s hard to engage with dark, depressing narratives. Books that lift the soul – whether they are romantic, or funny, or just different – can make a tough time more bearable. I stopped reading altogether after my operation, until someone gave me a Georgette Heyer novel. It made me realise that it wasn’t the reading but the type of book that was the problem.”
Her idea struck a chord with many writers and publishers who have donated books to this new project. The first BBBB giveaway, of over 30 books for adults and children, includes signed books from Katie Fforde, Sue Guiney, Marie Phillips, Tamsyn Murray, Sue Mongredien, and Lucy Diamond. Publishers from giants Transworld and HarperCollins to small imprints Roast Books and Little Tiger Press have also got involved.
The way that the BBBB works is simple. Readers – and they don’t need to be people with cancer, just anyone looking for an uplifting read – visit the BBBB giveaway page and leave a ‘pick me!’ comment with the name of the book they would like. If they would like to, they can also make a small donation to one of Stephanie’s chosen charities, Cancer Research UK, Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, and Breast Cancer Hope, although this is not compulsory. On 31 May, winners will be drawn at random and books sent out.
Caroline Smailes, whose forthcoming novel “Like Bees to Honey” will feature in the next BBBB, says, “ Words and storytelling can lift us all into a better place. This is an inspiring project, one that is full of heart and purpose. I am honoured to be involved.”
Katie Fforde, writer of witty romantic fiction, says, “I support BBBB because my whole reason for writing in the first place was to cheer people up.”
Tamsyn Murray, author of fiction for young adults and children, notes that “I love the idea of BBBB – during my last hospital stay reading helped take my mind off the reason I was there. Hopefully, my book will help someone else.”
Stephanie’s book giveaway lasts for the whole of May, and she will be stopping by a little later in the month to answer a few questions. As well as putting in your request for a free book on the Bah! Brilliant Book Bonanza, why not let us know any uplifting books that have helped you get through tough times.