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Paperback 304 Pages
Published: 18/04/2024
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Harrowing, heartbreaking and yet ultimately truly inspirational, O'Sullivan's unflinching memoir of teenage pregnancy, homelessness and how she managed to turn her life around is a powerful warning not to write off the dispossessed and disadvantaged.

Like young girls everywhere Katriona O’Sullivan grew up bright, enthusiastic, curious. But she was also surrounded by abject poverty and chaos, and after she became pregnant and homeless at 15, what followed was five years of barely surviving. Yet today Katriona is an award-winning academic whose work explores barriers to education for girls like her.

What set Katriona on this unexpected path were the mentors and supporters who truly saw her. The teachers who showed her how to wash in the school toilets or turned up at her door to convince her to sit at least one GCSE. The community worker who encouraged her to apply for training schemes. The friend who introduced Katriona to Trinity College’s access program while she was a cleaner. Simple acts that would help her turn her life around.

Told with warmth, clarity and compassion – compassion for her parents, for her younger self, for others – Poor is both an astonishing personal testimony and an impassioned plea for the future of our children.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241996768
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 216 g
Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Full of insight into a life lived right up against the boundaries placed on it by poverty . . . so important . . . we'd highly recommend - Fi Glover, Off Air with Jane and Fi, Times Radio

I read [Poor] in one sitting I found it so compelling. An amazing story . . . moving, uplifting, brave, heroic - Nuala McGovern, Woman's Hour, BBC

Moving, funny, brave and original - just like the author . . . absolutely incredible - Róisín Ingle, Irish Times Women's Podcast

One of the best books I have ever read about the complexities of poverty . . . one of the most remarkable people you will ever meet - Guardian

One of the most important books I have ever read . . . a beautiful telling of determination despite the odds - Lynn Ruane, Irish Times

[A] story for the unheard and unseen that is fearless, funny and searingly honest - Adil Ray OBE

Raw and remarkable - Irish Independent

A book of empowerment and hope - Patricia Scanlan

An important contribution to our understanding of poverty and its impact - Business Post

An incredible read - Business Post

Phenomenal - Louise O'Neill

Katriona has taken her life and turned it into a call for action. She has given us all of her in her radically honest memoir and all who read it must meet that honesty with action. Poor is a book that can change society, and we must all level up to change it with her. - Lynn Ruane

They should put it on the leaving cert . . . an extraordinary book - Brendan O'Connor, RTÉ Radio One

Absolutely brilliant. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is, as far as I'm concerned, the book of the year! - Pat Kenny, Newstalk

A fascinating story of overcoming great adversity, so well told - Matt Cooper, Today FM

If I was a student who could be lectured by her, I would feel beyond privileged ... I really do recommend the book. - Jane Garvey, Off Air with Jane and Fi, Times Radio

The remarkable story of her ascent from the trenches [of poverty] and her determination to inspire others . . . a vivid retelling of Katriona flourishing, despite her beginnings - BBC News West Midlands

Just finished this brilliant book ... it strikes at the heart of the damage we as a society are doing to children living in poverty. - June Shannon, Twitter

'A deeply affecting tale of resilience.' - The i newspaper

May's Book Club Meeting

May's Book Club Meeting

Alton
Thursday 30th May 19:00

For May's book club we will be reading Poor by Katriona O'Sullivan. For more information pop into the store or call us on 01420 80888.

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“An Incredible Read”

At a loss for words after finishing this book. If only I could put my arms into this incredible book and lift the vulnerable child out of its pages. To be able to wrap her in my arms and then give her the unending... More

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“Unflinching and Generous”

An unflinching and profoundly moving account of how it is to grow up on the very edges of society, told with honesty, courage and above all, generosity. I read it in two big gulps. A superb read.

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“Harrowing”

Having grown up in a similar situation to Katrina, I found it hard to get through the book. This struggle was nothing to do with Katriona’s writing (her prose is beautiful and her story is immensely important) but was... More

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