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The Book of Hat by Harriet Rowland.

December 10, 2014

book of hatThe Book of Hat by Harriet Rowland. Pub. Submarine books, 2014.

Hat was 17 when she was diagnosed with bone cancer in her left leg. She decided to open a blog titled My Experience of walking the Dog in which she tells of her incredible life after the cancer was diagnosed.

This story is edited entries of her life told in diary form from 28 August 2011 till December 2013. Harriet died in March 2014. Her story is a roller coaster of highs, lows, chemo therapy, vomiting, and living the teenage life. Harriet tried to live, she never gave up and she documents it all.

Each entry is a gush of how she is at the time. She loved her family and had amazing friends. She fell in love twice, traveled to places that most people dream about and went through agony. It is all here with photographs.

It is funny, it has wisdom, it will make you cry. The statement that got me was a conversation she had with her father in the Italian city of Verona. She said to him”life could not be more perfect. And his reply was “it really could be”. No parent wants to see their child die.

The power of the book is it is written as Hat feels and while her life was short it was a privileged life and I am glad I had the privilege to share it in this non fiction work.

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