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Launch: When I had a Little Sister

Wednesday, Feb 20 2019
19:30 - 20:30
Catherine Simpson
location: Bookshop

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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.


Catherine Simpson’s debut novel, Truestory (Sandstone Press, 2015) won her a Scottish Book Trust New Writer’s Award. It was inspired by her experiences raising her autistic daughter Nina. She and Nina now campaign for Autism Acceptance.


As always we have 15 FREE places for this event, available first come first served by telephone or in person from the bookshop.

You can also buy your tickets in the shop & save yourself the eventbrite booking fee :P

The bookshop is wheelchair accessible, events are seated and speakers use microphones throughout their events. We have further details about accessibility HERE, or feel free to get in touch, we’re happy to help however we can!


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