Non Fiction | 218 pages | Original Publication Date: September 2006 | Original Publisher: Prometheus | Author photo: ©DR

  • A bestseller in Holland and Germany

    The Girl with Nine Wigs is the astonishing record of a year in the life of an extraordinary woman. As illness threatens her life she lives life to the full and when she most fears death she learns to seize the day. -- De Telegraaf

Sophie is twenty-one when she is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. A striking, fun-loving student, her world is reduced overnight to the sterile confines of a hospital. But within these walls Sophie discovers a whole new world of white coats, gossiping nurses, and sexy doctors; of shared rooms, hair loss, and eyebrow pencils. 
As wigs become a crucial part of Sophie's new life, she reclaims a sense of self-expression. Each of Sophie's nine wigs makes her feel different, gives her a different personality, and that is why each has its own name: Stella, Sue, Daisy, Blondie, Platina, Oema, Pam, Lydia, and Bebé. There's a bit of Sophie in all of them, and they reveal as much as they hide. 
Sophie's voice is refreshingly candid and with a keen eye for the absurd, she makes you smile when you least expect it. Above all, this is the story of a girl who is determined to be much more than a cancer patient. 

Rights sold

25 languages
  • Arabic: Dar Khan
  • Brazil: Livros de Safra
  • Canada (English): St Martins Press
  • Canada (French): Libre Expression
  • China: Hunan People's Publishing
  • Czech: Mlada Fronta
  • Denmark: Gads Forlag
  • France: Presses de la Cité
  • Germany: Droemer
  • Hungary: K.u.K publishing
  • Italy: Bompiani
  • India: OM International
  • Indonesia: Eter Imania
  • Japan: Soshisha
  • Korea: Solgwahak Publishing
  • Latvia: Zvaignze
  • Lithuania: Baltos Lankos
  • Poland: WAB
  • Portugal: Bertrand
  • Russia: Corpus
  • Taiwan: Eurasian
  • Turkey: Pegasus
  • Vietnam: Nha Nam
  • UK: Summersdale
  • USA: St Martins Press
  • Film: TV 60