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47 / A Life With Cystic Fibrosis book available now

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47 / A Life With Cystic Fibrosis
by Simon Wiffen

47 / A Life With Cystic Fibrosis is a book of beautiful, intimate portraits exploring the reality of living with cystic fibrosis. Each subject offers an insight into their attitudes to life and their condition up to and beyond the median predicted survival rate of 47.

5 out of 5 stars (based on 32 reviews)

Additional information

  • A4 Paperback
  • 108 pages
  • PUR bound
  • High quality 200gsm internal pages printed with 4 colour digital process
  • Heavyweight 300gsm matt laminate outer cover printed with 4 colour digital process
  • Publisher: Independent Publishing Network
  • Publication date: 2018
  • 47 / A Life With Cystic Fibrosis
  • ISBN: 978-1-78926-768-6

Copyright © 2018 by Simon Wiffen
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or used in any form without the prior permission of the author.

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The Cystic Fibrosis Trust

£5 of the sale price of this book will go to support the incredible work that the Cystic Fibrosis Trust do every day to support those affected by CF and to help work towards a cure. Thank you.

Note: I’ll aim to post your book out within a few days of your order. UK orders should be delivered within 3 working days of shipping. European orders should be delivered in 5-7 within working days of shipping. Estimated delivery times for Economy International orders are within eight weeks. Standard International orders should be delivered in 5-7 days.

Photographer Simon Wiffen presents 47 / A Life With Cystic Fibrosis – a series of stunning portraits exploring the realities of living with cystic fibrosis and attitudes to life and the condition up to and beyond the median predicted survival rate of 47.

Selection of portraits from '47 / A Life With Cystic Fibrosis'

“Simon’s intimate portraits give a unique insight into the lives of some of the 10,400 people in the UK living with cystic fibrosis (CF). This book beautifully captures multiple voices and reveals the reality of living with a condition that shortens life. Although there is no cure for CF, advances in research are helping people to live longer. However, as these stories attest, CF remains a daily challenge.”

– Anne Shinkwin, Director of Fundraising at The Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) affects more than 10,400 people in the UK, but the daily challenges faced by those with the condition remain relatively unknown. 47 / A Life With Cystic Fibrosis is a new photography book which aims to change that. It’s a genetic life-limiting condition that affects the lungs, digestive system and other organs and can cause chronic infections and reduced lung function. There’s currently no cure. While CF is unforgiving, relentless and unbelievably cruel, the subjects of these portraits show strength, resilience, defiance and an appreciation of life that many of us can only ever hope to find.

For every book sold, £5 is donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust to support the incredible work they do every day to support those affected by CF and to help work towards a cure.

This book follows a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign that smashed it’s target in just 8 hours. Read more about this project in the projects section of this site.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the book. If you’ve purchased a copy I’d really appreciate it if you could leave a review below. It’s amazing to see copies of the book out in the wild so feel free to tag me in your pictures (@SimonWiffen on Twitter and Instagram) and use the hashtag #47ALifeWithCysticFibrosis.

Simon Wiffen is a Leeds-based photographer, husband, record collector and a dad of three. His youngest, Ellis, is 2 and was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at 3 weeks old. Visit the press kit page for contact details, review copies, photos and an author bio.


55 out of 5 stars (based on 32 reviews)
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Just wow

23rd November 2018

Thank you for allowing us to be part of your beautiful book. It surpassed all expectations. I can’t stop looking at it. Jack took it in to school and stood up in assembly to tell them all about it. Not only where the kids asking him for his autograph he’s had quiet a few offers from the girls wanting to be his girlfriend! 😜 ( he’s a good lad and just sticking with his current one ! ) More importantly this book has already allowed us to open up to questions from people enabling us to educate and spread awareness. Thank you again

Cara Chittenden

Absolutely Incredible

23rd November 2018

This is a wonderful book. It is a brutally honest, funny, sad, collection if beautiful real people. It is a fantastic book, beautiful photos, funny and sad stories and heart breaking rear cover…. LOVE IT

Craig Reid


23rd November 2018

It had me captivated from the moment I took it from the package. I really wasn’t expecting it to stir up every emotion in me like it did. So beautifuly put together Simon thank you. Congratulations.

Joanne McLaughlin

Beautiful piece 📚

23rd November 2018

I have no words to describe how amazing this book is! All of your hard work has definitely paid off by being able to spread awareness about CF. This book gives you also a chance to be able to understand how CF works and how different it is from each person. Beautiful pictures and I’m absolutely privileged that I was able to be a part of it!

Justyna Zaskwara

The best book of 2018!

23rd November 2018

Such a wonderful book, highlighting the daily battles of those who fight against CF. Simon has worked so hard to produce this book & I’m so pleased that it’s receiving the recognition it deserves. Let’s hope that it spreads the word about this life limiting condition.

Helen Jordan

Beautiful book!

23rd November 2018

Well done Simon! This book is truly fantastic and the photography is stunning. I feel privileged I own a copy.

Charlotte Grice

Brilliant result of a year's work!

22nd November 2018

This book is a great work by our son, Simon. Although we are biased of course, it cannot fail to move, enthrall, inspire and challenge all at once. The quality of the photography, the editing of the conversations and the uniqueness of the whole project combine to project a whole new understanding of the Cystic Fibrosis challenge that so many people face on a daily basis. We hope and pray that if there is another volume in a few years, it will start with the number 60!

Bob Wiffen


21st November 2018

Stories of inspirational people, accompanied by beautiful photographs. Highly recommended. Thank you.

Kay Wesley

Amazingly powerful and moving depiction of CF

21st November 2018

Full disclosure, my wife is in the book. However, this is an outstanding piece of work. The photography is outstanding, but the individual stories are what makes this book so moving. It is unique in getting the perspectives of people with CF across a multitude of ages and I haven’t come across a better way of explaining just what CF is. The overriding theme here is, without exception, the positivity that people with CF attack life. Every breathe counts

Lee Gathercole

Absolutely Beautiful!!

21st November 2018

This book has left me speechless! It’s so beautiful, thought provoking, moving……simply stunning. I feel so privileged to be allowed a glimpse into the lives of these beautiful people.

Laura Walker

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