More than 60 hit female writers are offering you the chance to get your name in their next novel, all in the name of a great cause.
As part of a 10-day Get in Character eBay auction, you'll have the chance to bid for the opportunity to have a character named after you or a loved one in your favourite author's book to raise money for CLIC Sargent, which provides support for children and young people affected by cancer.
Among the authors involved is Emma Donoghue, whose novel Room has recently been released as a critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated film. She's joined by dozens of authors including Jane Fallon, Paula Hawkins, Katie Fforde, Santa Montefiore, Anouska Knight and Julie Cohen.Meanwhile, the creator of the hit Jack Reacher series Lee Child, Mark Billingham, Fault in our Stars author John Green and Linwood Barclay are donating experiences including a meet-and-greet, a critique of a budding writer’s work and signed book bundles.
Anouska Knight, author of bestseller Since You’ve Been Gone, has a personal reason for supporting the cause, following her 19-year-old sister Mena’s cancer diagnosis 10 years ago, for which she was successfully treated.
She said: “A few months ago, Mena’s cancer came back. Apart from being reminded what a tough cookie she is, the rest of us have been reminded how utterly useless cancer can make a family feel.
“We can’t cure Mena’s illness. We couldn’t stop her hair from falling out, or her kidneys failing under the pressure of chemotherapy, or the endless stays in hospital. We can’t even donate anything that might help her body to cope. We can only offer her as much emotional and practical support as possible, something CLIC Sargent understands the importance of and is providing for families every day.
“As dreadful as it is watching my brilliant sister go through her ordeal, I have three children of my own and can only imagine how harrowing it is to watch a child or young person deal with this disease and I’m thrilled to have been asked to take part again in supporting the wonderful work CLIC Sargent do in supporting children and young people with cancer.”
Since it was launched in 2014 the CLIC Sergeant auction has raised more than £18,000 for the charity.
- To 10-day auction starts on Thursday february 25 at 8pm. To follow the auction visit www.clicsargent.org.uk/getincharacter