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Outside, the Sky is Blue by Christine Patterson

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Outside, the Sky is Blue by Christine Patterson

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Outside, the Sky is Blue by Christine Patterson

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Outside, the Sky is Blue by Christine Patterson

Books are for collection at the Edinburgh Gliterary Lunch only.

Patterson is a passionate, funny woman who refuses to simply struggle on. She believes in living.' Sunday Times
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Outside, the Sky is Blue by Christine Patterson

Books are for collection at the Edinburgh Gliterary Lunch only.

Patterson is a passionate, funny woman who refuses to simply struggle on. She believes in living.' Sunday Times

 A beautifully drawn, heart-breaking yet also joyful memoir of growing up, of living with mental and physical ill health, and of working out what it means to be in a family, what it means to lose a family – and what it’s like when you are the last one left. 

When Christina Patterson’s brother Tom died very suddenly, she faced the harrowing task of clearing out his house. Tom had always been the one who held on to the family treasures and memories, but now Christina had to sift through box after box of letters, papers, photos and belongings, not just of Tom’s, but of their parents and their older sister, Caroline. 

Those boxes, albums and papers tell the story of a young couple who decide, when their children are small, to swap a glamorous diplomatic life in Rome for a housing estate in Surrey. But their new suburban life, of trips to National Trust houses, fizzy drinks over TV costume drama and walks at Wisley Gardens, is increasingly disrupted by Caroline’s erratic behaviour. As she is diagnosed with schizophrenia, Tom seeks solace in sport and Christina in a youth club where she hopes to meet boys, but finds God. 

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