The Book of Hat
Faced at 17 with a rare and deadly illness, Harriet Rowland began to write a blog. Her parents say cancer is like a dog - fine if it stays in its own yard. Hat's dog got out. This is her unexpected story. "Her writing is funny and truthful and wise, exactly like the Harriet."
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||26 August 2014 by Rosa Mira Books
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||By Rowland, Harriet
Edited by McCallum, Mary
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Harriet Rowland - known as Hat - was 17 when she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of cancer that began in her knee. At the time she was a student at Queen Margaret College in Wellington, New Zealand. Going through treatment was often a lonely time, as friends - while supportive - didn't always understand Hat's new life. This was until she fell in love with the character Hazel Grace from John Green's novel, The Fault in Our Stars, a girl who talks honestly and openly about living with cancer. Like her, Hat found life changed in ways that were both good and bad: falling in love and hospital stays among them. And she was surprised by how much happiness there was still to find. Throughout her journey, Hat kept a blog, called My Experience of Walking the Dog, and this book, first published in 2014 by Makaro Press, is a collection of those posts edited with the author. Why the blog title? Her parents say cancer is like a dog - fine if it stays in its own yard. Hat's dog got out. This is her unexpected story. "This way I will NEVER have to get a job, learn how to cook more than two-minute noodles or do anything mildly productive. I never have to grow up and I can forever be a kid! Though my 'forever' is shorter than most, I don't mind. What I do mind is that I'm going to have to leave everyone I love behind." Harriet.
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||"Her writing is funny and truthful and wise, exactly like the Harriet we got to meet when she visited the set last year." Peter Jackson, filmmaker
Harriet Rowland of Wellington (b.1993) was a keen sailor, with a passion for skiing, pizza, rugby, reading and dogs. She loved being surrounded by friends and family. Following treatment for osteosarcoma, Harriet travelled around Europe, and returned to enrol at Victoria University, moving into the university hostel Boulcott Hall. Harriet died surrounded by family and friends on 7 March, 2014.