Emma Hannigan

Novelist and non-fiction writer
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Emma Hannigan lives in Ireland, with her husband and two children. She is a carrier of the cancer gene, Brca 1, and has battled and beaten cancer eight times. Her first novel Designer Genes (Poolbeg 2009) mirrors her own experience as she strove to lessen her chances of developing cancer, and it was a bestseller in Ireland. Emma is heavily involved in cancer awareness campaigning. Her mission in life, along with writing books, is to show the world that there is life after cancer!

Emma is a self-confessed shopaholic, chocoholic and confides all her secrets to her cat. If a machine is ever invented to translate from ‘meow' to English, she will be well and truly hung.


  • Give cancer the boot? I'm trying! https://t.co/g7ggZcoJnm

    Got my chemo again 2day! I'm so grateful that my bloods were good. It's time 2 #StampAllOverThisCancer… https://t.co/phK07LcSEQ

    Eh I think we won... #IRLvRSA Great stuff 🇮🇪