'While I don’t have any choice in how long I have to live, I do have a choice in how I spend the time I have. And I’ve chosen not to spend it constantly stressing about cancer. I’ve chosen to enjoy the little things. I’ve chosen to laugh. And I’ve chosen to look back on my life and thank God for it.'
In March 2017, Linda Nolan was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer and was given the terrible news that, while it was treatable, it was not curable. Her first thought was to worry about her family, who were still grieving the loss of their sister Bernie. Her second was, ‘But I’m alive and I’m going to fight it.’
In From My Heart, Linda writes honestly about growing up in her big Irish family and finding fame with her sisters in The Nolans and reveals the shocking family secrets and feuds that threatened to tear them apart. She also describes her original battle with breast cancer and how the death of her husband left her deeply depressed, to the point of feeling suicidal. Just as she’d learned to embrace life again, and even to start dating, the cancer came back. Linda is an inspiration to many and proves that it’s never too late to learn what really matters.
Linda Nolan was born in Dublin in 1959 but grew up in Blackpool as part of a large Irish family. Along with her sisters, she was a member of the hugely popular singing group The Nolans from 1974 to 1983, before going solo and touring with stars like Gene Pitney. She went on to find success in musical theatre, appearing with Paul O’Grady in Prisoner Cell Block H: The Musical. She played Mrs Johnstone in the West End production of Blood Brothers for two years and then for five years on tour, and starred as the eponymous Maggie May in the innovative Blackpool show for eight years. More recently, she has appeared on Celebrity Big Brother and in Menopause: The Musical. She still lives near Blackpool.
From My Heart by Linda Nolan is published on 21st February 2019 (Pan, £7.99)
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