Emma Hannigan

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Talk To The Headscarf

World Piatkus
A Memoir

Imagine you're thirty-two, married, with two little children and you find out you're carrying a deadly cancer gene?

That was me in August 2005. I discovered I had the gene Brca1, which means a 50% chance of developing ovarian and an 85% chance of developing breast cancer. I had two options - wait for the big bad cancer wolf or have radical surgery. I chose the latter. Over the following year, I had a double mastectomy and both ovaries removed, which reduced my cancer risk to 5%. I was just dressing in my victory dance outfit, when my worst fears were realised. Cancer had struck anyway.

Between 2007 and 2010, I battled and slayed cancer six times. This book takes you on my journey during that turbulent time in my life.

If you've just been diagnosed with cancer, I know you are scared. I was too. But I want you to know you are not alone. More than that, I want you to know that I am still here.

The score so far is - Cancer 0 : Emma 6.

Even if my cancer returns, I will keep on crusading. I can show you how being positive and a big dollop of black humour can go a very long way towards getting better.

So chin up, wig on and don't forget, your skin can absorb an astonishing amount of make-up on those bad hair days!


Emma Hannigan

Katie McGowan manages the translation rights for Talk To The Headscarf

Audio Rights


The audio rights are handled by Alice Lutyens.


Talk To The Headscarf

A gloriously uplifting and terribly wise account of living with cancer. Cathy Kelly

Emma is a remarkable woman and her memoir makes for humbling reading.
The Sun

An unusual and powerfully upbeat memoir... Talk to the Headscarf is a meditation about life, not death.
Independent Ireland

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Translation Rights
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