When, at the age of 13, Gareth Gordon took an overdose, it was the first of several attempts he would make at taking his own life, which would finally culminate in his suicide at 24. Now Gareth's younger sister Hattie portrays with searing honesty the impact that her brother's long-term depression had on her family life. In so doing she explores her relationship with her mother, who also died prematurely from a rare illness, and researches medical and psychiatric records in an attempt to piece together the puzzle of what made her brother kill himself. In this absorbing and emotionally complex memoir, Hattie Gordon strives to understand the wreckage of her early years, to give life to her dead brother's memory and to find peace with herself. It is a book of extraordinary power and intensity, written by the daughter of the illustrator of the Wombles, Margaret Gordon, and the Literary Agent Giles Gordon who died last year. This book is endorsed by the Richmond Foundation which offers housing, care and support as well as vital rehabilitation and work opportunities to people with mental health-related problems. A proportion of the royalties will go to this registered charity. It has been said that this book is a must read for for anyone in the mental health care profession. Hardback published in 2004 in Very Good condition, binding sound and pages clean and unmarked with the exception of the first free end page which has a dedication to Wendy and is signed by the Author and dated February 2004. Possibly slight fading of the images on the dustjacket. Very slight bumping at the top and bottom of the spine, slight creasing of the dustjacket at the same points but otherwise the book does not really appear to have been opened or read and appears virtually as new.