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Five Steps to Happy

By Ella Dove

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An uplifting debut novel from an exciting new commercial fiction talent, for readers who enjoyed HOW TO BE HAPPY, MAD GIRL and THE LITTLE BIG THINGS

On 28th May, 2016 Ella was jogging along the canal path near her house in East London. She tripped over and landed with her right leg at a horrifying angle. A man walking past stopped and called an ambulance, but refused to wait. TWhen she finally got to hospital the surgeons discovered that the damaged to her right leg was irreparable. They amputated her leg below the knee. As Ella says in her own words "In that moment, it felt like every plan, hope and dream for the rest of my life had crumbled around me. I had eight operations in total, spent four months in a wheelchair and six weeks in a specialist amputee rehab unit. The psychological impact was huge. And all the time I couldn't stop wondering - why had that man left me on the ground? And would it have made any difference if he stayed?"

FIVE STEPS TO HAPPY is a novel inspired by Ella's life story about a struggling actress Heidi whose life changes in an instant. She takes us to the depths of despair, through to an unexpected friendship and on a journey of self-discovery. The author explores through fiction the idea that one unexpected moment can affect the rest of your life - sometimes even for the better. Through the characters we learn the true value of resilience, humour and strength.

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Biographical Notes

Ella Dove is a 27-year-old journalist, Features Writer at Good Housekeeping, Prima and Red magazines. In 2015, she completed the Curtis Brown Creative three-month novel writing course. She is an ambassador for the Limbless Association, Barts Health charity and The London Prosthetic Centre, and regularly leads talks, takes part in events and speaks to patients and their loved ones about trauma.

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