INSPIRED by his wife who died of cancer in 2013, Birkdale resident Bobby Luckan has written books to give hope to others.
Most recently Mr Luckan published Love is all there is, a book of poems dedicated to Mamata Luckan, his wife of 39 years.
The book follows from My Lotus: Power of the mind, published two years ago.
Mr Luckan said his wife, like a lotus flower, started her life in a dark and desolate place and had transformed into an incredible person.
Both from South Africa, Mr Luckan met his wife-to-be when she was 14 years old.
“She was very poor and an ‘untouchable’ as my family saw her and was never to be accepted,” he said.
“She was a diamond in the dirt.”
The couple moved to Australia in 1995.
Mr Luckan, a building contractor by profession, said the words in the poems came to him when he could not sleep.
“When I was lying awake in the dark, I got this feeling that I needed to get ready to write something down or remember something.”
He recorded the words that came to him and later listened and wrote them down.
He hoped the books would help other people, particularly those who are diagnosed with cancer.
Mr Luckan said his wife was told she had six months to live, but passed away four years later.
He intends to donate money from the book sales to cancer research.
“I hope that before I close my eyes there’s no such thing as breast cancer.”
Anyone interested in ordering the book can contact Mr Luckan by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.