For my birthday I received the above book, which may be of interest to some of my followers. Not often do we read a novel where the protagonist and her friend each have a colostomy. In this case (and in mine), as a result of cancer.
The main character, Cecilia, is based on the personal experience of the author and I first heard about it on Woman’s Hour, Radio 4 in January, when she was discussing the book with Jenni Murray. You should be able to find the interview here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pp98c
The interview really is worth listening to (not least for the author’s mellifluous voice) and it gives an insight into the life of an ostomate, living with cancer – and its consequences.