Harrowing story of a troubled soul

Relative Stranger: A Life After Death, by Mary Loudon, Canongate, €24.80.

25th March, 2006

Relative Stranger: A Life After Death, by Mary Loudon, Canongate, €24.80.

Catherine Loudon died in Bristol in January 2001. She was known to the nurses who cared for her as Stevie. She was 47 and schizophrenic. Her family hadn’t seen her in over a decade and had no idea that she was living, at least in part, as a man.

This is her story, as pieced together after her death by her younger sister, Mary,...

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