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For over three years Jacqueline Doherty has been watching her rock star son's messy descent into drug addiction. Every step of the way has been charted by a hungry media. And every step of the way has been agony for a loving mum. Pete Doherty's celebrity means that his addiction has become public property. But Jacqueline is a private person and her painful account is that of any mum - or any parent - trying to help a child in trouble. This is the compelling story of Pete's childhood, his burgeoning talent, his success as a musician and his drug addiction, set against the backdrop of his loving relationship with his mother and his family. It is a moving memoir of how a happy, middle-class family is coping with a family member opting to love drugs more than he loves them, or himself. It is a memoir that will offer hope to other mothers and families in a similar situation.
Jacqueline Doherty, 53, was born in Liverpool and has worked as a Registered Nurse for 34 years. She is the wife of an army major, a mother of three, and has lived in Germany, Holland, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and throughout England for the past 30 years. She has published a book of verse, TIME FOR A RHYME, and is a tireless fundraiser and events volunteer for charitable organisations, receiving a commendation in 2003 for her valuable contribution to the community.