Fiction & Drama
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Mum, Can You Lend Me Twenty Quid: What drugs did to my family, the brave and deeply moving memoir by Elizabeth Burton-Phillips, is now available as an audiobook from Audible, narrated by the author.
Elizabeth Burton Phillips was a teacher, an ordinary 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 descent into personal and family heartbreak. The painful journey ended in the way Elizabeth had always dreaded – a knock on the door in the middle of the night 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 gut-wrenching story that will shake every reader to the core.
Since penning her memoir, Elizabeth has gone on to found the charity DrugFAM, giving hope to families impacted by addiction, and was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2017 Honours List. She hopes that the audiobook will continue to bring her story to new audiences. Read about Elizabeth’s experience recording the audiobook here.