‘Read a book, save a life’, urges Anthony Nolan as we launch an innovative celebrity e-book collaboration
Open Links, by stand-up comedian and writer Dominic Holland, is the first ever e-novel to be published by a charity. One hundred per cent of the proceeds from this innovative celebrity and charity collaboration will go to Anthony Nolan, the UK’s blood cancer charity and bone marrow register.
The novel, Open Links, is a life-affirming story of hope, family and endeavour; a fairy-tale that will resonate with everyone, but particularly those of us who still dare to dream.
It took author Dominic Holland more than a year to write – but he is kindly giving 100% of all proceeds to Anthony Nolan, a charity which has been curing people from leukaemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers for four decades.
For Dominic and his actor son Tom Holland, supporting the fight against blood cancer is part of family life. Tom - star of Hollywood movies including The Impossible, How I Live Now, Locke and the forthcoming Ron Howard blockbuster The Heart of the Sea and BBC's eagerly anticipated Wolf Hall - joined the Anthony Nolan bone marrow (or stem cell) register as soon as he turned 16, and posted a video to YouTube asking his teenage fans to do likewise.
“Meeting families who are coping with such difficult circumstances was a humbling experience and has reaffirmed to me exactly why donating the proceeds of Open Links to Anthony Nolan is the right thing to do,” he said, visibly affected by the stories he heard on the evening.
The novel is short and takes only 4 to 5 hours to read – incidentally, the same amount of time it usually takes to donate your stem cells or to play a round of golf.
“It’s quite amazing to think that, in the time it takes to read Open Links, you could donate lifesaving stem cells and cure someone of blood cancer. Being able to save someone's life is remarkable and a privilege and that’s why Anthony Nolan deserves our support and our thanks," Dominic commented.
Buy Open Links now for £3.99 on Amazon or find out more at www.anthonynolan.org/openlinks