Cancer survivor fulfils lifelong dream

A NAN who beat cancer has fulfilled one of her lifelong ambitions of writing a novel.

Denise Lunt, of Longhurst Road, Hindley Green, started writing her debut book Goodnight Mr Stone while she was having treatment at the Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester for a rare type of blood cancer and a tumour on her pelvis.

The 73-year-old, who was given the all-clear from cancer last March, tells the story of a Harvard University student who falls in love but becomes embroiled in a web of murder and blackmail.

Denise said: “It has always been on my bucket list to write a book but my dyslexia held me back.

“When I became ill I thought it was now or never.

“I have friends who are solicitors and I was also interested in law, and would have loved to have studied at Harvard, so this was a story that I enjoyed writing.

“I liked it that much that I wrote the story in three weeks.

“I would say I am a perfectionist though, so the editing stage took quite a lot of time to do so the quality was up to what I wanted it to be.”

Denise’s book has received rave reviews from around the world with copies selling as far as America, Canada and Australia.

A portion of the money from the sale of each book will be donated to The Christie.

Denise said: “We are so lucky to have the hospital in our area and I wanted to make sure I did something as a thank you for the help they have me.

“Everyone there was so loving and kind to me while I was there.”

Shakespeare fan Denise is also halfway through writing her second novel, Spring in Autumn, which she tips to be a big success.

To buy Goodnight Mr Stone on Amazon visit

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