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The Golden Thread

The Golden Thread

A Quiet Revolution in Holistic Cancer Care

Pat Pilkington

Quick Overview

Written by the late Pat Pilkington, the co-founder of the Bristol Cancer Help Centre (now Penny Brohn Cancer Care, this book shares 30 years' experience of working holistically for those with cancer. This deeply spiritual work aims to show how we can all find life's meaning and purpose, and come to a true and lasting sense of peace and fulfilment.
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Paperback / softback
2015, 9.29in x 6.18in / 236mm x 157mm, 160pp
ISBN: 9781908363121


Pat Pilkington was co-founder of the Bristol Cancer Help Centre, the first charity to offer a truly holistic approach to cancer care. In this memoir, completed when she knew she was approaching death, Pat tells her story; starting with her childhood, through the early days of the Centre to its growth into Penny Brohn Cancer Care, the globally influential institution it is today. Above all, she shares her own spiritual journey, her deep exploration of faith, love, and what lies at the core of each human life and each human death. She speaks to life, not just to cancer, and shows how the restoration of the human spirit is an essential part of holistic healing.

The Golden Thread of the title is the transcendent nature of love that runs though everything, awakening the potential to uplift, inspire, overcome and create anew, even in the face of severe adversity.


'A companion to life and a talisman against fear. Don't just read it, learn it.'
- Maureen Lipman

'How faith and love move mountains to cooperate with human effort.'
- From the foreword by Caroline Myss, author of Sacred Contracts

'Inspiring and exciting, this is a wonderful story of hope, courage and healing. If you have any interest in wellbeing and health, you must read this inside account by a crucial pioneer who helped transform our understanding of how to treat cancer, put compassion into action and celebrate the human spirit.'
- William Bloom, author of The Power of Modern Spirituality

'Pat understood that, to reach towards spiritual wholeness, we need to embrace our unique journey and our unique being.'
- Timothy Freke, author of The Jesus Mysteries


Contributions by: Felicity Biggart
By (author): Pat Pilkington
Foreword by: Caroline Myss