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Dad Who Wrote Tragic Story Pens Its Sequel

Monday June 3 2013


The Millthorpes The Millthorpes


A DAD who topped the best-seller list after writing a book about his wife's battle with cancer has written a follow-up.

Ian Millthorpe, a former miner who lives in Grimethorpe, wrote the book 'Mum's Way' as a tribute to his late wife Angela who died, aged 48, in 2010.

Angela's cancer returned after over 17 years in remission and the book tells of how, when she was ill, she taught Ian all the skills he needed to care for their eight children.

These included favourite lullabies and plaiting their daughter's hair.

Orders for an astonishing 20,000 copies came flooding in from supermarkets and bookstores and the book shot to number one in Asda Direct's book charts.

There was also talk of turning it into a film. 

Now Ian has come up with a sequel called Dad's Way. He said: "After I wrote Mum's Way I got hundreds of emails every week and a lot of people wanted to know what my life was like without Angela."

Ian set about writing and the book is due to be published by the end of this year.

He said: "I wrote the painful chapters through the night when the kids were in bed. I sometimes stayed up all night to do it. The kids are generally okay but there are some sad moments in the book.

"At one point at 4am Corey (aged seven) started crying and shouting for his mum to come back. We also went on a trip to Flamborough and it kills me because Angie loved doing things like that."

Ian, whose story has featured widely in national media and appeared on BBC's The One Show on Tuesday, has also got a deal with a publishing house for his books to be translated into German.

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Reply Posted by sue on Monday June 3 2013 at 13:47
Read your book which was sad but beautiful, hope you and your family are doing ok. Keep up the good work.Bless you all.x

Reply Posted by ian millthorpe on Monday June 10 2013 at 01:15
me and the kids are fine thanks sue, we're getting on with it and enjoying life again just like Angie would have wanted us to, x

Reply Posted by a on Wednesday June 5 2013 at 15:05
My sister is suffering and i would lie to buy these books to help her

Reply Posted by Matt L on Saturday June 8 2013 at 17:23
Top bloke she will be very proud of you an all

Reply Posted by Ian Millthorpe on Monday June 10 2013 at 01:08
Thanks Matt, doing Angie and the kids proud means a lot to me, Angie never failed in doing us proud,

Reply Posted by Ann on Saturday September 21 2013 at 13:26
I have just read your book, and have to say I have gad tears all the way through, with laughter, joy and sadness, having lost three close relatives to this awful disease I could not only relate to your pain, but the frustration felt.
I can say hand on heart, how proud of you Angie will be, and your lovely children, you and Angie are an inspiration to everyone, not just coping with what has happened, but what life should be and how families should be, I was loosing my way, thank you for helping me focus, and regaining my life and family.
I wish you all the very best xxxx

Reply Posted by ian millthorpe on Thursday September 26 2013 at 17:23
so sorry to hear of your loss Ann, it seems so many people are losing their lives to this horrible disease these days, but i'm sure the loved ones you've lost would want you to get on with your life and enjoy it the best you can, I'm sure your loved ones left you with a lot of happy memories that you'll keep forever, I loved Angie with all my heart and still do, she was my first love and will always be my last because I never want to ever feel that pain again, the kids are really doing well and enjoying life again, i'm always hear to listen if ever you feel you need to talk to someone, look after yourself, and thank you for comment. it very painful writing the book, I had to write it through the early hours when the kids we in bed, a lot of tears and sleepless nights, but knowing the book is helping people like you who have lost a loved one to cancer means it was worth it for that reason alone, thank you for your comment Ann, and the very best of wishes to you and your family xx

Reply Posted by Carole on Monday August 25 2014 at 20:24
Just read mums way so many tears down my cheeks what a beautiful tribute to your lovely wife hope is all well with you and your family god bless you all xx