Tuktuk Day 76



Paul Ferris


Yes, I know I wrote about books yesterday but this is a book every man should read. You will know that the purpose of this tuktuk journey is to raise awareness and funds for Prostate Cancer UK. This is another journey, “One man’s journey through prostate cancer.”

In the UK, about 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

I repeat,

In the UK, about 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

From the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, The Boy on the Shed, comes a powerful tale of grit and resilience, told with great humour, openness and profound bravery.

Former Newcastle United winger Paul Ferris was 51. He had successfully forged a post-football career as a physio, barrister and then a CEO, and his award-winning memoir, The Boy on the Shed, was just about to be published. But then he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. This honest, sometimes brutal and frequently funny book tells the story of what happened next.

Prostate cancer. It’s a phrase that strikes fear into the heart of every man. It’s the most common male cancer, but treatable if it’s caught early enough. Paul doesn’t shy away from describing that treatment. And neither does he hold back on its life-changing consequences – from harrowing surgery, humiliating procedures and excruciating consultations – as he strives to become the man he once was again.

The mental challenges and psychological impact of living with this acute condition are explored in Paul’s revealing and riveting narrative that represents rare male honesty, but this is never a ‘poor me’ book or not in any way self-pitying. Courageous, inspirational and beautifully written, TheMagic in the Tin is a rare thing: deeply moving yet rich in humour, written by a true sportsman in every sense of the word.

A brutal and poignant account of one man’s journey through prostate cancer.

What they said…

‘Unmissable: please read this extraordinary book.’ – Daily Mail

‘A triumph … A worthy follow-up to The Boy on the Shed.’ – Jeff Stelling

‘All men should read this book – important and brilliantly written.’ – Alan Shearer

‘Genius… A difficult, deeply personal story beautifully told.’ – George Caulkin, The Athletic


So, today especially I make no apologies for “shaking the tin.” I wonder how many of you would be happy to add just £1? I would be very grateful if you would consider a donation however small to support  Prostate Cancer UK  If everybody chipped in £1 I would easily hit my target of £5,000 and the charity would continue to fund their great work. Every single penny goes DIRECT to Prostate Cancer UK. A HEARTFELT thanks, if you can donate. If you can’t you can still help massively by sharing this page about the work of Prostate Cancer.

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