Campbell, Alastair My Name Is...

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My Name Is...

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A drink makes me feel better. For a bit. And then I feel worse, and the pain inside comes back. Worse than ever.

My name is Hannah. This is their story . . .

My name is Kate. I am Hannah’s mum.

‘If nothing matters more to a parent than their children’s health and happiness, how are you supposed to feel, and what are you supposed to do, when they’re sick and unhappy?’

My name is Vicki. I am Hannah’s little sister.

‘Why does she drink so much, when it is making her so ill, doing so much damage to her life? I don't get it.’

My name is Sophie. I am Hannah’s best friend.

‘I loved her to bits those times when she was chatty and fun and making me laugh or think about the world differently.’

My name is Dan. I was Hannah’s mum’s first boyfriend after her divorce.

‘I tried, I really tried. But there’s something wrong with that girl. If I’d have had any idea of what I was letting myself in for, I never would have asked Kate out.’

My name is Amanda. I am Sophies mother.

‘She was like the outsider insider of Sophie’s friendship group. I liked her though and being a parent, and a doctor, my instinct was to want to fix whatever it was that reduced her to this mess.’

Powerful and passionate, My Name Is . . . is the gripping story of a teenage girl’s descent into alcoholism and the impact it has on those around her. Deft and direct, the voices of Hannah’s family, friends and professionals shed a sometimes shocking, sometimes tender light on a life veering terrifyingly off course.

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"This superb book is sad, terrifying and uplifting in equal measure. Every parent, every young man or woman, and anyone who "likes a drink" should read it." (Anne Robinson)

"The tenacity Campbell brought to bear in politics is matched here by his gripping inhabitation of his characters. Stunning," ( Independent on Sunday)

"My Name Is... offers a compelling insight into addiction from the outside in, giving a 360-degree look at the cause and effect of the illness. It possesses an emotional weight for each speaker — an impressive feat when some of these characters feature for less than four pages." ( Irish Examiner)

"It is a sad and terrifying story, well-researched and timely… Campbell’s idea of telling the story through the self-contained testimonies of every person who came into contact with Hannah during her spiral into self-harm is clever and affords the reader a 360 degree view of what it is to deal with a vulnerable deceitful alcoholic in denial… Campbell has taken the vilified, sprawling, drunken youths caricatured in tabloid headlines and, in one young girl, showed us the damaged human beings beneath. For that he deserves much credit." ( The Times (Saturday Review))

"A gripping account of an alcoholic teenage girl" ( Guardian)

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The story of a young woman's descent into alcoholism

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