About the book
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 Sophie’s 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.