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Author of an inspirational and, award-winning memoir.


“The author weaves words together like a fine thread."(L. Branfield)

"John’s memoirs are beautifully written. This is a superb book for those experiencing cancer and also for students of health care and experienced professionals." (R. Gamlin; Senior Nurse Lecturer)

"What a journey this book was. I can't imagine what John went through both as a cancer patient and then as a parent whose little girl had cancer. The book is very well written and in places, I found it quite humorous. However, this book was a memoir on a serious subject. Some things that where written made me smile. Even in his lowest of times, John was able to find comfort and escapism from his favourite band Hawkwind and Lakota Sioux." Jane H

enjoyed reading this book from beginning to end and I felt like I was on the journey with John." Allyson.

"Once I picked up this book, I could not put it down. It is packed with heartfelt honesty and emotion and I defy anyone not to be touched by the author's incredible story. Possibly one of the best memoirs I have read and the ultimate survivorship story of overcoming all of the odds." Lucas Morgan.





Welcome to the website of John Walker Pattison, born on Monday, 4th February 1957. Today however, he is a multi-genre award-winning author from the wonderful seaside town of South Shields - by his own admission, he spent his school days clowning around, neglecting his intellectual chemistry.


Pattison has been a Newcastle United supporter since 1969 when he first pushed through the clackety-clack of the turnstile at St. James Park. But, there is little doubt that the crucial hinge in his life is his beautiful wife, June. “Nothing is more important than family,” says John.

Last year, Pattison published his memoirs, ‘Me, and My Shadow - memoirs of a cancer survivor’ to great acclaim. He has also established himself as an author of children’s fiction, and he describes himself as an elasticated Grandpa, as Pattison has relayed countless exaggerated stories to his Grandchildren down the years. His youngest Grandson, Daniel, is now the feature of his children’s fiction - stories not just for children, but for those adults who have never grown up (the vast majority of us).

John Walker Pattison currently has two children’s books published, a third due to be published in early 2024 (see more titles above)  and a further two to be released later in 2024/25. In respect of his memoirs, ‘Me and My Shadow – memoirs of a cancer survivor’ he is proud to announce that it has been nominated for not one, but two further awards - having already secured a third place in the New York Book Fair Awards 2023.

He retired from his post as a senior clinical nurse specialist and head of service in haematology at his local hospital, partially due to chronic illnesses as a consequence of the salubrious chemotherapy and radiotherapy he received decades ago - this being the same hospital that established his cancer diagnosis almost 50 years earlier.


He has written dozens of articles for national and international nursing and medical press - presented lectures the length and breadth of the country on many aspects of haematology and cancer management. However, Pattison knows that his greatest achievement in life is being one of the UK's longest surviving cancer patients.

He enjoys the solitude and escapism of fly fishing and photography – but his main love is his travels across America.

The article below appeared in 'Jerk of all Trades' written by Maggie St Thomas, Long Beach, California.


'Me and My Shadow - memoirs of a cancer survivor.' (Purchase links)

Publisher direct (UK only):  Me and My Shadow | Book | Austin Macauley Publishers

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