As the middle of five kids growing up in dire poverty, the odds were low on Katriona O'Sullivan making anything of her life. When she became a mother at 15 and ended up homeless, what followed were five years of barely coping.

How the seeds of self-belief planted by teachers in childhood stayed with her. How she found mentors whose encouragement revived those seeds in adulthood.

Now an award-winning lecturer whose work challenges barriers to education, Poor stands as a stirring argument for the importance of looking out for our kids' futures. Of giving them hope, practical support and meaningful opportunities.

'Poor is absolutely brilliant. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is, as far as I'm concerned, the book of the year!' Pat Kenny, Newstalk

'One of the most important books I have ever read . . . a beautiful telling of determination despite the odds' Lynn Ruane, Irish Times

'One of the best [books] I have read about the complexities of poverty . . .one of the most remarkable people you will ever meet' Guardian

'Poor is moving, funny, brave and original - just like the author. . . an absolutely incredible read' Roisin Ingle, Irish Times

'Deeply moving and thought-provoking' Louise O'Neill

'Fearless, funny and searingly honest' Adil Ray OBE

'A fascinating story of overcoming great adversity, so well told' Matt Cooper, Today FM

'Raw and remarkable' Irish Independen

'Poor shows the strength of Katriona O'Sullivan's unbreakable spirit - she is a beacon of light' Patricia Scanlan

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ISBN/EAN 9781844886210
Author Katriona O'Sullivan
Publisher Penguin Ireland
Imprint Penguin Sandycove
Publication date 25 May 2023
Format Paperback
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Poor : Grit, Courage, and the Life-Changing Value of Self-Belief

Katriona O'Sullivan

This is the extraordinary story - moving, funny, brave, and sometimes startling - of how Katriona turned her life around. WINNER IRISH BOOK AWARDS 2023 – Biography of the Year WINNER IRISH BOOK AWARDS 2023 – Listener's Choice Book of the Year

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