Glittering a Turd - How surviving the unsurvivable taught me to live by Kris Hallenga


 "A manifesto for how to be alive" DAWN O'PORTER

"This honest and beautiful book is a story of resilience and doing life your way" FEARNE COTTON


Kris Hallenga was living a totally normal life as a twenty-three-year-old: travelling the world, falling in love, making plans.

However, when she found a lump in her boob and was told that it was not only cancer, but also incurable, life took on a completely new meaning. She was diagnosed at an age when life wasn’t something to be grateful for, but a goddamn right.

Little did Kris know it was cancer that would lead her to a life she had never considered: a happy one. From founding a charity to visiting Downing Street, campaigning at festivals to appearing on TV, and being present at the birth of her nephew; in the face of all the possible prognoses, Kris is surviving, thriving, and resolutely living.

Glittering a Turd is more than just another cancer memoir; it’s a handbook for living life to the fullest, shining a new perspective on survival and learning to 'glitter your own turd', whatever it might be. 

Kris Hallenga is the founder of the truly fabulous breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel!. She received public attention after being profiled in Kris: Dying to Live, a documentary that covered her experience when she had terminal breast cancer. She has worked with Penny Brohn UK as a guest speaker multiple times and is an inspirational young voice in the cancer and wellness community.