In 1992, American author Marilyn French, a smoker for 48 years, was diagnosed as having cancer of the oesophagus, which is almost always fatal, and was told she had only a year to live. Five years later, having battled with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, a heart attack and a breaking back, she was still alive - and, remarkably, her body showed no sign of cancer. This is her account of the fight against disease and death.
Marilyn French was born in 1929 in New York into a family of Polish descent. She received her doctorate from Harvard University in 1972. A bestselling writer of both fiction and non-fiction, she is also a literary critic. She has taught at Hofstra, Harvard and the College of the Holy Cross and has received a Harvard Centennial Medal.