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Saturday 20 December 2014

Jade Goody’s diary lands in the bookshops

Jade Goody, who died March 22, 2009
Jade Goody, who died March 22, 2009

Jade Goody’s cancer diaries have hit the bookshops nearly a month after the reality TV star died.

The book, entitled Jade: Forever In My Heart, chronicles her battle with cervical cancer from when she was diagnosed while taking part in the Indian version of Celebrity Big Brother last August to her death on March 22.

In a foreword her mother Jackiey Budden writes that the book — Jade’s third autobiographical work — bears witness to the courage and good humour with which she fought the disease. Jackiey also chronicles the last six days of her daughter’s life, when she was too weak to write herself, and describes holding her daughter’s hand as the life finally slipped from her in the early hours of Mothering Sunday.

Publisher HarperCollins is to make a donation of £25,000 to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The book ends with a wish list Jade compiled for her boys, in which she expresses her desire for them to visit a country in the developing world to make them understand how privileged their lives are.

She also says she wants them to have Porsches as their first cars and have “good jobs that pay a lot of money”.

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