Mum, Can You Lend Me Twenty Quid? : What Drugs Did to My Family, Paperback Book

Mum, Can You Lend Me Twenty Quid? : What Drugs Did to My Family Paperback

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Elizabeth Burton Phillips is a teacher, an ordinary middle-class 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, unimaginable journey - culminating in the knock on the door in the early hours 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 moving book.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Autobiography: general
  • ISBN: 9780749951726

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Disappointing.One is tempted to suggest the books title should have been "What my family did on drugs" but this is maybe a little uncharitable. What is more accurate to report is that this story takes place under a drugs control regime where this story is allowed to happen.This story would not be possible in conservative countries like Switzerland, for example, where heroin maintenance stabilise and encourage addicts to overcome their addiction. Disappointingly, the author does not see it fit to consider such alternative policies. She therefore does not question whether we should be continuing with the Misuse of Drugs Act at all.Until we do that, this story will continue to be repeated again and again for many more families to come.

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