Book extract: Thin Places by Kerri ní Dochartaigh

In an extract from her book Thin Places, Kerri ní Dochartaigh writes about facing up to her relationship with alcohol and the traumatic events that had shaped her life

23rd January, 2021
Book extract: Thin Places by Kerri ní Dochartaigh
‘I drank as a way to drown out thoughts and memories that, if allowed to surface properly, I was sure would kill me, stone-cold and ghost-riddled.’

In November 2018, as that old year made moves to give up its delicate ghosts, I lay in Leeds and let a stranger draw a wild canary onto my left arm. There are many ways to handle shadows, and placing black ink on your body’s surface is one of them. From the moment the bird made its way onto my skin, I haven’t drunk a single drop of alcohol.

I had known...

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