Tom Preston was born in Kettering, Northamptonshire in 1989. He studied philosophy and politics at Oxford, and taught English in state secondary schools in the UK, before completing a Masters in education at Harvard in 2014. He is based in Nottingham and currently works for education charity Teach First.
In January 2011, aged 21, Tom was diagnosed with stage 4 advanced aggressive lymphoma, with his chances of survival estimated at around 40%. His book telling the story of the months that followed, The Boy in the Mirror, was published by Valley Press in September 2015.
Shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award 2016. Audiobook version now available.
In January 2011, aged 21, Tom Preston was diagnosed with stage 4 advanced aggressive lymphoma. His chances of survival were optimistically placed at around 40%. This short, autobiographical work tells the story of the fight in the months that followed – but this is no ordinary cancer memoir.
The Boy in the Mirror is written in the second person – so the events in this book are happening to you, the reader, living through the hope, love, suffering, death and black comedy encountered by Tom during the battle to save himself.
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