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Love Your Sister

By Samuel Johnson and Connie Johnson

  • Paperback
  • £12.99

A searingly honest memoir of family, cancer, love . . . and unicycles by the founders of the LOVE YOUR SISTER charity, Connie and Samuel Johnson, that will inspire and, they hope, get people talking about boobs!
Biographical Notes

Samuel and Connie Johnson are the powerhouse brother and sister team who established LOVE YOUR SISTER charity.

Samuel is an Australian actor with 20 years experience, best-known for his work on THE SECRET LIFE OF US, CRACKERJACK, UNDERBELLY II and RUSH. In recent times he is more proud of his work as a breast cancer advocate and determined unicyclist.

Connie Johnson is a wife and mother of two beautiful young boys. She has worked in the disability sector for ten years and since her most recent diagnosis spends her time with her family and advocating on breast cancer issues ... when not busy seeing how much torture her brother will endure before he says no.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780733637490
  • Publication date: 30 Mar 2017
  • Page count: 416
  • Imprint: Hachette Australia
There are many joyous moments as brother and sister reflect, often wryly and honestly, on the power of their bond and the full catastrophe that is family life. — Sydney Morning Herald
This book, like Connie and Samuel's lives, is much bigger than their experience of misfortune. — Canberra Times
It would be easy to spend the whole of this review listing the blows that Connie Johnson has endured. — The Saturday Age

Part memoir, part diary,
part conversation, this is an
unforgettable story of how far
a brother will go for his sister.

— Brisbane News
There are many joyous moments as brother and sister reflect, often wryly and honestly, on their bond. — Bendigo Advertsier
Part memoir, part family journey and part insight into the deep bonds of love that bind a pretty exceptional brother and sister together, Love Your Sister, is the kind of book that will change the way you see what's important. — Weekly Times
heartwarming — Good Health
The Johnsons' memoir is bracing and affecting. — Sunday Age, Sun Herald
Poignant, inspirational, honest...this has it all — Carol Seeley
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