In 2013, Catherine Simpson’s younger sister, Tricia, committed suicide. Tricia was 46 and had been stalked by depression all her life. Yet mental illness was a taboo subject within the family; in their reticence, Tricia was described as ‘moody’ or ‘difficult’.
After Tricia died Catherine found she had kept a lifetime of diaries. Through these, Catherine was able to explore the history of her sister’s suicide and gain greater insight into an illness which affects so many.
Catherine takes a hard, wry look at how death and other difficult subjects were handled in her family and families like hers. It also gives us a fascinating insight into the last three generations of a Lancashire farming family and a way of life which has now all but disappeared.