Dying to Survive

It has been ten years since Rachael Keogh was catapulted into the public consciousness, when a shocking image of her needle-ravaged arms – skin burnt from injecting heroin into her wasted veins – made front pages around the country. Desperate for help, she made a public appeal to get one of 27 detox beds in Ireland so that she could reclaim her life from the drugs that had ravaged it. What followed was an extraordinary story of grit and determination as she embarked on her recovery journey. Her story became an instant bestseller and has resonated with readers ever since.

This edition contains a new introduction from Rachael where she reflects on her story and considers what has changed for her and in the drugs culture in Ireland over the last decade.

‘The best book by far about the drugs explosion in Dublin’ Irish Independent

‘This book should be on the school curriculum’ Evening Echo

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April 2019




Paperback, 240 pages

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By Rachael Keogh

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Rachael Keogh is a mother of one, living in Dublin.

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