Hitchin writer to release debut novel in memory of sister

Amanda Brittany (left) will be donating all royalties from her debut novel to Cancer Research UK in

Amanda Brittany (left) will be donating all royalties from her debut novel to Cancer Research UK in her sister Cheryl's memory. Picture: Amanda Brittany - Credit: Archant

A Hitchin writer is set to release her debut novel next week, with all royalties to be donated to Cancer Research UK in memory of her sister.

Amanda Brittany’s psychological thriller, ‘Her Last Lie’, will be released on Tuesday by Harper Collins publishing.

All of Amanda’s royalties will be donated to the charity in memory of her sister, Cheryl, who lost her battle with cancer in July.

Speaking to the Comet, Amanda spoke of her excitement at the novel’s release and her joy at supporting Cancer Research UK.

“I am so excited about the release of the book,” she said.

“I’ve been writing for almost nine years – with more than 200 short stories published in magazines and a non-fiction book on Wilshere-Dacre Junior Academy in Hitchin – but this is my first novel.

“It feels brilliant to support Cancer Research UK while doing something I love.

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“My sister knew about the book before she passed away because I was trying to raise funds while she was still alive. She was so happy about the book and what I was doing.”

‘Her Last Lie’ will initially be available in digital format, but Amanda is hopeful that a paper edition will be published.

She told the Comet: “It’s being published by the digital branch of Harper Collins so the book will be available as an eBook and audio book.

“If it sells well then hopefully it will be released as a paper copy, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

Hertfordshire towns feature prominently throughout the novel, with Amanda’s hometown of Hitchin getting its own chapter.

“The main character lives in Letchworth and she visits Hitchin for a chapter in the book although it is mentioned throughout,” she said.

“She visits the market, the River Hiz and St Mary’s Church, so a lot of people will recognise the places.

“I was born and still live in Hitchin so I wanted it to be in the book.”

To buy Amanda’s novel visit amazon.co.uk/Her-Last-Lie-gripping-psychological-ebook/dp/B072TWQCCL.

To donate to Cancer Research UK directly, see cancerresearchuk.org/support-us/donate.