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That pot Kenny show on Newstalk. Now, I don't know what you've been reading during the summer, but many people have been reading one particular book because it's a runaway hit.

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It's called actually Pride Squad Runaway.

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And the two authors are joining us now because they have some good news to share with fans of the book. So you're very welcome to the program. And they are Lisa Sicari and Caroline Grace Casati.

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Good morning. Good morning, Paul. How are you? This is Caroline from Dublin. Lisa in L.A.. I'm in L.A. It's great.

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It's great to have you on the program.

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Now, you guys wrote the book together, which must have been difficulty with an ocean and a continent between you.

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Well, you know what? I suppose that the whole covid restrictions didn't change much about mine and Lisa's writing relationship, I suppose, because, you know, since 2015, really, we've been writing Transatlantic via open Google Docs. So we're kind of used to to to writing under these under these very strange times, I suppose.

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Now, tell me about the book itself and as much of the story like I've been reading it overnight, it's I haven't come across it before this, but I know it's been out since June. I've been reading it. And it's it's definitely one that the girls will enjoy.

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Yeah, I mean, totally, you know, it's it's it's a fun, you know, romantic story about female friendships. And I suppose the reason we started to write this book in the first place is because we have managed to maintain a friendship since the age of 12 years of age, you know, and Lisa moved to L.A. when she was 18. So, you know, we just have looked around and seen the amount of our friends were losing touch with each other sort of in late thirties and forties.

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And I think Lisa had to have the beginnings of the idea for the book. Lisa.

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You want to tell her? And yeah, I was funny a couple of years ago. I was living in San Francisco. I had five friends whose weddings were called off at the last minute. And it just started this idea because we were kind of all going into our late 30s. And, you know, life changed drastically when there's a you know, when something that catastrophic happens at that point in your life because everything is mapped out for you and you have a certain plot and everything is the I's are dotted and then everything gets turned upside down.

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And it got to a point where I was like telling friends, like, really, you really want to switch your wedding? Because, you know, I actually am the wedding cooler. Apparently so. But yeah, I think we really wanted to take a look at, you know, women's lives as they approach their their 30s, 40s and how life takes people in different directions and friendships are kind of can get lost along the way. And what happens when you come back after some time apart?

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Everybody's in a very different place from, you know, with the life perspective and experience and different views on pretty much everything and how you take a really solid friendship from younger age. And how does that translate? And there's a break and everything. Everybody comes back together again. So, I mean, really, we base a lot of it on our own and life experiences and what we were seeing around us and experiences friends of ours were going through and kind of took it from there.

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And they created this road trip about a wedding getting canceled at the last minute and a crazy girls road trip and Claire and everything that transpires over the weekend.

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Now, your protagonist, I mean, she is treated as a dishcloth by the man she's about to marry.

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He is he is one of the one of literature's great tossers.

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Well, he is a fantastic word. We should have called him Simon Tosser in the book. That would have been better. But he is. And I think, you know, just to pick up on Lisa's points there, it's you know, it's a lesson for men and women, I suppose, that, you know, just because you think you've fallen in love or that you're going to have this relationship with the rest of your life, you can't neglect your friendships.

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And especially in this day and age where even more poignant now during covid, where there's this expectation versus reality of friendship. So people think that they know what their friends are doing because they see it on their insta stories and they see it on Facebook and they can they can even see the food that they're using. But the reality is, if you don't go out and meet your friends face to face, they're not real friendships anymore. I think we're really losing touch with how to conduct friendships.

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You know, you got to sit down and meet people for coffee because otherwise you're just surrounded by by fake lives and this invisible competition that exists between everybody now in the social media world.

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Now, the book, as I say, it's a huge entertainment and it already has so many rave reviews. And the good news is that if you are a fan of the boards, it will be on stage.

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Well, yeah, with a couple of things in the pipeline. So Michael Scott, the well-known and well renowned theatre director, is adapting it for the stage. And now, obviously, we won't get into the state of the art on this one because this is a happy and Colvert no Trump interview. But there it's just going to be there. It has been adapted for stage. But when when we are all ready to come back into the theatre, but we have just optioned it, which is fantastic news.

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And it's been optioned by Pale Rebel Productions and which is a fantastic production company here, Emma and Tamron, who just won the double at the Galway film Flat with their incredible feature film, the first feature film, Redemption of a Rogue. So the four of us are working are working really hard on that at the moment.

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So that's a yes. So it's really, really exciting and really great news and talking about casting and all the all the great things, you know, that they come with their take in a book adaptation and getting it to the screen.

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Now, underneath all the froth, there is a very serious purpose to this because all the royalties are going to the Sarah Jennifer Not Foundation. And Lisa, perhaps you'd explain.

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Certainly, my youngest sister, Sarah, died of cancer on the primary in 2015, and when she was diagnosed with this particular cancer, we could not actually find any information anywhere about it. And apparently, like 98 percent of people who were diagnosed with cancer of unknown primary have never heard of it before. And that's roughly I mean, certainly when Sarah was diagnosed, maybe five hundred cases, the Netherlands. So we decided Sarah passed away a year and a half later and we decided to in 2017 to set up the Sarah Jenna Family Foundation to create awareness and research and really support for patients that have been diagnosed with cancer on the primary and just to generate just awareness so people know that they're not alone.

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When they were faced with this diagnosis, seeking access and information through our website as a foundation big and really just get some answers, because when we go on Sarah's diagnosis, there was no SEPI specialist or nurse in Ireland. So we were really hitting a wall in terms of information and during a very, very frantic and terrifying time for her and for us. So we set up the foundation to really just generate that awareness and support for patients who had their needs met there before.

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So we're making great progress and we have a research award now. We're working with a fabulous research team and completely hospital. So we've just been fundraising, you know, to to to just keep up the good work going. And we are the spokespeople for the Irish Cancer Society for this particular type of cancer and cancer of unknown primary is is when you are diagnosed with cancer. But they don't know where it started. And so it's an unusual one, but it's particularly hard to treat because of the unknown source.

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So so really the outcome, if you got if you got lung cancer and then secondary appeared somewhere else, you would still be categorized as, you know, lung cancer patient with secondaries. Whereas when you have secondary popping up and you don't know where the primary is, it's a problem.

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It is on and on in terms of treatment and diagnostics and all that, even diagnosing it for my sister Sarah. It took eight visits to even get the initial diagnosis because and there's a treatment plan becomes extremely confusing because like, you know, like you said, if you feel uncomfortable, you know that the oncologists know how to target lung cancer based on your experience all around them on medical research. And whereas with this one, you're kind of it's a lot of trial and error.

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So it just makes things a lot more and both confusing and terrifying for patients.

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Well, at the royalties from the book going to that foundation, which is wonderful, I hope you are continuing your transatlantic literary efforts, Lisa and Caroline, and that'll be another book on the way soon.

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Yeah. Thanks so much.

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Yeah. Yeah. We're we're finishing off a TV episodic that we've been on for a couple of years. So that's sort of in the same way Brid squad away with a sort of Britain like a box set. That's sort of where our sort of our hearts are in sort of film and TV. So, yeah, fingers crossed, as they say, crossed.

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We look forward to more adventures. Look, thank you both very much for joining us. Lisa Carey, co-author with Caroline Grace Cassidy of Bride Squad Runway, available online, of course, and in every bookshop near you. Thanks a million for joining us.