My mother once said to me, ‘I wish you could feel the way I do for eighteen seconds. Just eighteen seconds, so you’d know how awful it is.’
I thought about it. Realised we could all learn from being in another person’s head for eighteen seconds. Eighteen seconds inside Grandma Roberts’ head as she sat alone with her evening cup of tea, us girls upstairs in bed. Eighteen seconds inside one-year-old Colin’s head when he woke up in a foster home without his family. Eighteen seconds inside the head of a girl waiting for her bedroom door to open.Writer, Louise Beech, looks back on the events that led to the day her mother wrote down her last words, then jumped off the Humber Bridge. She missed witnessing the horror herself by minutes.
‘Upsetting,Â upliftingÂ andÂ inspiring‘ John Marrs
‘Authentic,Â unflinchingÂ andÂ moving. Written with compassion and humanity and a great deal of love’ S. E. Lynes
‘AÂ powerfulÂ memoir making sense of a complicated childhood’ Madeleine Black
Â ‘Haunting,Â braveÂ andÂ brilliant‘ Gill Paul
Â ‘AÂ heart-breaking,Â heart-warmingÂ story – what courage to tell it, and tell it so well’ Liz Nugent
‘I loved every word of thisÂ hauntingÂ memoir’ Amanda Prowse
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