In the summer of 1990, Cathy’s brother Matty was knocked down by a car on the way home from a night out. It was two weeks before his GCSE results, which turned out to be the best in his school. Sitting by his unconscious body in hospital, holding his hand and watching his heartbeat on the monitors, Cathy and her parents willed him to survive. They did not know then that there are many and various fates worse than death. This is the story of what happened to Cathy and her brother, and the unimaginable decision that she and her parents had to make eight years after the night that changed everything. It’s a story for anyone who has ever watched someone suffer or lost someone they loved or lived through a painful time that left them forever changed.
Told with boundless warmth and affection, it is a heartbreaking yet uplifting testament to a family’s survival and the price we pay for love. Sheila has read this book and believes that it is one of the most inspiring books she has ever read. Click here to read her review. For those of you who don’t know Cathy, you can find out more about her here.
Cathy will be in conversation with Granta editor Max Porter and they will explore grief, love, loss, and family, and how we deal with the pain caused.