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Tuesday, 20 February 2007

"At 16, MS-sufferer Alexandra Neumann has overcome enormous odds to publish her first novel," writes Bookseller & Publisher.

The ABC's 7.30 Report tonight featured Neumann, who has undergone chemotherapy, spinal taps, and steroid and other treatments. Now, it seems she is in remission. But for how long?

The book, Second Glance, has sold out, and Neumann is on the way to publish a second novel. The Herald-Sun has run a story on Neumann.

The TV program showed her resilience in a series of interviews interspersed with discussions with her mother, Giovanna. "I am normal," she said, hopefully.

Pan MacMillan originally thought to print a few hundred copies, apparently, so that she could give them to her friends. But the quality of the manuscript enabled them to launch a full-scale commercial release. Book signings, Neumann said, were a little daunting.

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