Mum, Can You Lend Me Twenty Quid?
What drugs did to my family
By Elizabeth Burton-Phillips
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.
Elizabeth Burton-Phillips was a teacher and has since retrained as a drugs counsellor. She kept a harrowing video diary throughout her sons' drug addiction. She is in demand to talk to organisations and schools all over the UK, and has founded a charity in her son's memory.
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07 Feb 2008
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It reinforces the message that I have had to learn the hard way, namely that sometimes, in order to help your loved ones, you have to sever your links with them — Mrs Moneypenny, FT Magazine
I would urge all parents, teachers and pupils to read this heart-rending book — Anthony Seldon, Headmaster, Wellington College
A moving, frightening story — Belfast Telegraph
a book that is moving and ultimately, inspiring — Waterstones Books Quarterly