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Mum, Can You Lend Me Twenty Quid?

by Elizabeth Burton-phillips

Biography / Autobiography eBooks of the Month The Real World

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A heart breaking story from a mother who found that not just one but both her twin sons had become drug addicts. Elizabeth Burton-Philips shows how a normal family with a comfortable life can be devastated by this terrible addiction. Sadly one of her sons died, the other is now in recovery and contributes to this book. Drugs shatter lives no matter who you are or where you come from, and with this book Elizabeth Burton-Philips gets her message out there.

Mum, Can You Lend Me Twenty Quid? Synopsis

A mother’s searing account of every parent’s nightmare – how drug addiction destroyed the lives of her twin sons Elizabeth Burton Phillips is a teacher, an ordinary middle-class mother who had always tried to do the best for her children; she never imagined that her identical twin sons, who had been doing so well at school, would become involved in drugs. She was shocked when they were suspended from school for smoking cannabis; but this was just the start of a terrible, unimaginable journey – culminating in the knock on the door in the early hours by the police. They gave her the devastating news that her son Nick had killed himself in despair at his heroin addiction. Since his death, Elizabeth has campaigned tirelessly to make parents aware of the pain and suffering caused to families by drug addiction; and her surviving twin, Simon, now drug-free, has contributed his own thoughts to this inspiring and moving book.

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ISBN: 9780749951726
Publication date: 07/02/2008
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780749951726
Publication date: 7th February 2008
Author: Elizabeth Burton-phillips
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, The Real World,
Categories: Autobiography: general, Coping with drug & alcohol abuse,

About Elizabeth Burton-phillips

Elizabeth Burton-Phillips has had a thirty-five year career as a teacher. She kept a harrowing video diary throughout her sons’ drug addiction, and since Nick’s death has retrained as a drugs counsellor. She is much in demand to talk to organisations and schools all over the UK, and has founded a charity in her son’s memory. She lives near Reading, Berkshire.

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