‘Overcoming’ by Vicky Phelan has been named the An Post Irish Book of the Year.
The book tells her personal story from her cancer diagnosis to her High Court case and the political scandal that erupted around it.
Ms Phelan has been campaigning on behalf of all those affected by the CervicalCheck scandal since she settled her High Court cases against a US laboratory that wrongly gave her a negative result for cancer.
The book deals with her early life, her cancer diagnosis and the moment she learned that she had never been informed that a clinical audit had revised her smear result.
In a statement, she said she is “truly honoured” to see her book recognised.
“I could not have done this without my wonderful ghostwriter, Naomi Linehan, who brought life to my story on the page in a way that I did not think was possible,” she said.
“To my publisher, Hachette, thank you for taking a chance on me and to all the booksellers, thank you for championing my book.
“Finally, a huge thank you to the public, for whom I wrote this book, who supported and voted for me.”
‘Overcoming’ was chosen through a public vote from a list of category winners at the recent An Post Irish Book Awards