When I had a Little Sister is a story of sisters and sacrifice, grief and reclamation, and of the need to speak the unspeakable in the face of a family where mental illness is a strictly taboo subject.
Catherine deals unflinchingly with the challenges of loving someone with depression; the fear and the loneliness, the lack of understanding, the frustration and the guilt. It deals with the aftermath of a suicide in the family; the shock, disbelief, the guilt, the response from others, the wound that remains. And yet, throughout, she displays a dry wit and ability to show lightness in the darkest of times.
It’s a wonderful, important read and we cannot recommend it enough. Which is why we feel immensely privileged to welcome Catherine to the bookshop, to share her story, to celebrate her new book.