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Second Book in Award-Winning Donia Youssef’s The Monster Series to Release in November 2018


--The Monster in MykieTells Story of a Young Boy With Cancer—


London, 17th October 2018 – Donia Youssef, who’s first book The Monster in Mummy: De-Monstify cancer for childrenbecame an instant best-selling book on Amazon, as well as winning the 2018 Authors award, for its heart-felt and sensitive approach to how parents can tell their children about having a cancer diagnosis, will debut her second book The Monster in Mykiein the series in November: telling a moving story about a young boy with cancer.


Approaching the difficult topic of cancer, has been a personal journey for Ms. Youssef, who in April 2017 received news that she had breast cancer. What followed was a difficult time of treatments, but also of having to tell her two young daughters, ages two and five at the time, the bad news about her own cancer diagnosis. It was from this event that inspiration was found to write her first book – a helpful aid that is now used by parents to communicate the difficult news. Since the book’s publication, Ms. Youssef has become a spokesperson on the topic of how to communicate bad news in the best way possible, and been featured widely in the media, she also now has a film-in-works about her life story. Her efforts also attracted attention from Joanna Lumley, who provides a supportive comment to Ms. Youssef’s first book. 


In her second book, The Monster In MykieMs. Youssef tells the real life story of 12-year-old Mykie Perkins and his battle to survive cancer. Told using his own words, the story chronicles the events following his diagnostic, whilst on holiday with his family, and all the way through his treatment and eventual remission. Readers will be inspired by the spirit and resilience of this young boy who has already faced more adversities than many of us ever hope to endure.  


Ms. Youssef, with The Monster Series, is also supporting an on-going awareness campaign highlighting the experiences, trials and tribulations of cancer patients and survivors. Her mission is to help create awareness, encourage effective communication and offer various coping strategies for family’s facing cancer. She is also donating proceeds from book sales to the Royal Marsden Cancer charity along with donations to Cancer Active Charity, the Look Good Feel Good cancer charity, Tailor Made dreams charity, and the Willow foundation charity too. 


“My hope is that these two books, and future additions to the series will help ease people through an incredibly difficult time with facing cancer – which I know personally is so painful,” said Ms. Youssef. 


About Donia Youssef


Donia, 40, of Grays in Essex, is a mother of two young girls, author and former founder and head of the casting agency Tiny Angels. She turned her attention to writing, following a breast cancer diagnosis in April 2017, with a mission to help parents in similar situations to communicate the tough news about a cancer diagnosis to their children. Her book attracted the attention of Joanna Lumley, who provided a supportive comment for The Monster in Mummy: De-Monstify cancer for children. Her second book The Monster in Mykiereleases to Amazon in November 2018. There is also a film-in-works about her life story. 


Editor’s Notes:


-      The Monster In Mykie is available for pre-order from and will be available nationwide and online from 19 November 2018.


-      A special book launch will be hosted on Saturday 17 November in Central London. For more information and to RSVP please email:


-      Reviews for Donia’s first book include praise from medical professionals as well as readers: 


“This beautiful book allows a parent to initiate a courageous conversation with warmth and confidence. A conversation that fills most parents with dread.” ---

Julie Stokes OBE - Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Executive Coach


“Donia Youssef has written this remarkable book that serves at once both as a reassuring story for children and a handy resource for the adults.” -Ms Seema Seetharam, Consultant Oncoplastic & Reconstructive Breast Surgeon


“This incredible book is not just an ordinary book it was a tool in which I could use to teach my daughter to understand the cancer that was affecting our family.” -Parent review


-      According to Cancer Research UK around 54,800 women are diagnosed each year and around 390 men. 1 in 8 women in the UK develop breast cancer during their lifetime. 1 in 870 men develop it. Most of the women who get breast cancer have had their menopause, but about 2 out of every 10 (20%) are under 50 years old. Breast cancer risk can be affected by age, family history and lifestyle factors such as obesity and smoking. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. 15% of all newly diagnosed cancers in the UK are breast cancer.