The heartbreaking children’s book on cancer that every adult should read

A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness, was written for readers aged nine but it is now being repackaged for adult readers after a groundswell of support from grown-ups who have found it totally compelling. The magical exchanges in  Ness’s novel are an incredibly effective way of addressing the difficult emotions that everyone feels in these situations, whatever age they are. It tackles this heartbreaking scenario with an incredibly accurate insight. Patrick Ness says this is a story ‘about loss, but also the fear of loss and there’s not a person in the world – young or old – who hasn’t experienced that’