Skip to main contentSkip to footer

When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn commission. Read our full commerce guidelines here.

Lorraine Kelly reacts to heartbreaking update from 'Bowel Babe' Dame Deborah James

Deborah James, AKA Bowel Babe's new book will be out in August

deborah james new book
Melanie Macleod
Melanie MacleodWellness Editor
Share this:

Celebrity friends of TV star Dame Deborah James flooded her Instagram with support on Tuesday after she announced the launch details of her second book, How to Live When You Could Be Dead.

MORE: Prince William pays surprise visit to Deborah James after Damehood honour

Deborah, who is receiving end-of-life care for her bowel cancer, shared the exciting news that her book release has been brought forward, writing a poignant yet uplifting post for her legions of dedicated followers.

WATCH: Look back at Bowel Babe Deborah James' supermarket workout

"I wrote another book!!," Deborah wrote. "I've got a few things to share with you before I die that I'm gutted I won't see in real life! But I've now been granted permission to share them and I'm really excited!

MORE: Lorraine Kelly shares doctor's advice for spotting bowel cancer

READ: Deborah James' husband Seb's uplifting comment amid wife's devastating cancer struggle

"For the last two years I've been working on my second book How to Live When You Could Be Dead - oh the irony of the title! I wanted to share all my (hard-won!!) learning on how to have a positive mindset when we are faced with life’s biggest challenges."

Deborah, who became a dame this month, explained that the book was originally due out in January 2023, but the release has been brought forward. "All things considered, Penguin have managed to put it on pre-order and are aiming to publish it on the 18th of August! It is still long after I'm flying high, but hopefully a little less long for you to wait."

deborah james book

How to Live When You Could Be Dead by Deborah James, £14.99, Amazon


The writer added that all of her royalties from sales on the book will go to her Bowel Babe fund and publisher Penguin agreed to make an additional contribution per book, meaning the donation per book will be £3.

deborah james z 1

Deborah James was inundated with support for her new book

Deborah's celebrity friends rushed to send their support. Lorraine Kelly wrote: "Ordering asap - so proud of you," while Gaby Roslin wrote: "Pre-ordering it now my darling Deborah," and Katie Piper commented: "Ordering mine now! Congratulations on your book. We can all learn so much from you."

Like this story? Sign up to our HELLO! Mail newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.

HELLO!'s selection is editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items our editors love and approve of. HELLO! may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. To find out more visit our FAQ page.

More Health & Fitness

See more