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 story is the story of any mum - or any parent - trying to help a child who has gone off the rails. 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 has attempted to cope 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, having trained in the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps. 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 previously had a book of her verse published entitled Time for a Rhyme", and has had her poetry included in a compilation called Christian Poets in the Midlands". She is a tireless fundraiser and events volunteer for charitable organizations, receiving a commendation in 2003 for her valuable contribution to the community. Hobbies include, ironically, health promotion, collecting junk and quality secondhand clothes, and writing in rhyme.