Belfast author's cancer tale wins children’s book award
A Belfast teacher has won a Laugh Out Loud children's book award for her debut novel, which was inspired by her battle against cancer.
Christine Hamill (53) penned the light-hearted The Best Medicine after struggling to tell her young son she had breast cancer, which she was diagnosed with in September 2008.
“People think you shouldn’t laugh where serious illness is concerned, but life goes on,” Ms Hamill previously told the Belfast Telegraph.
The comedic novel, which was also inspired by Harry Hill, was shortlisted by a panel headed up by former children’s laureate Michael Rosen before it was voted the winner of the 9-13 age category at last night’s Lollies awards.
Publisher Little Island Books congratulated Christine on Twitter, writing: “We can’t believe it.”