Cancer survivor Philip Gould to sign copies of his latest book The Sons of Gyges at Waterstones in Ipswich town centre

Philip Gould is pictured with his new book at his home in Ipswich.

Philip Gould is pictured with his new book at his home in Ipswich. - Credit: Archant

An Ipswich dad who battled cancer twice will sign copies of his latest young adult thriller in the town’s Waterstones store tomorrow.

Philip Gould, of Ashton Close, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma just days after being made redundant in 2003.

After making a full recovery, the dad-of-three suffered an unrelated bout of testicular cancer in 2009.

Now cancer-free, Philip has been working hard to promote young adult thriller The Sons of Gyges, and will meet with readers from 12pm at the popular bookstore on Tuesday.

“It’s been quite a quick turnaround, as I have effectively written two books in less than a year – but I am so happy that I can finally promote by book at Waterstones,” he said.

“I’ve received a lot of interest from libraries and independent bookshops in Suffolk since the release of my first book and I’ve definitely caught the writing bug, if you will.”

The Sons of Gyges is an action-packed tale that follows protagonist Sophie – who was genetically engineered by her own father – on her journey to America.

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The second instalment of a trilogy, the book leaves readers on a cliffhanger – ready for the release of the third book in the series, The Whisper of Persia, out in September.

The dad-of-three added: “My fight with cancer certainly inspired me to write and pursue my passion.

“Now I’m able to meet with people in my home town who have read my books and enjoyed them. That’s a brilliant feeling for any writer.”

And it’s not just novels that Philip enjoys writing – he’s also launched a new blog, where he writes a hard-hitting account of his battle with cancer.

“My life hasn’t been the same since”, he admits.

“I’m now so much more grateful for things like this - I’m hoping my children will grow up to pursue their passions”.

The book signing for The Sons of Gyges will take place at Waterstones Ipswich on Tuesday 29 from 12pm.