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Alana Kirk

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Location: Dublin
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Alana Kirk is an author, freelance writer and campaign copywriter for the charity sector. Published by Hachette Ireland, her bestselling debut book 'Daughter, Mother, Me: a memoir of love, loss and dirty dishes' explores her experiences in the sandwich years, caring for young children and ageing parents. She writes regularly for newspapers including the Irish Times and the UK Daily Mail, writing about a variety of issues facing women today. Alana is a regular contributor to writing.ie, and speaks at writing events around the country. She is working on her second creative non-fiction, and a novel, as is represented by Sallyanne Sweeney of Mulcahy Associates. She lives in Dublin, with her three children, a dog, two cats and a very scared hamster.

Books by Alana Kirk

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Daughter, Mother, Me

'In life women can have many labels: daughter, single girl, wife, career woman, mother. I had worn them all and, while life was hectic, I was the one in control. Then four days after the birth of my third daughter, my mum had a massive stroke and, just like that, everything changed.
Over the time to come - what I call 'the Sandwich Years' - I found myself both grieving for and caring for my beloved mum, supporting my dad, raising my three young daughters, while trying to get my career back on track. The cracks began to show. I discovered that, sometimes, having it all, means doing it all and that, amid the maelstrom of need, I had lost the label I had started out with: me.'

Daughter, Mother, Me is the heartfelt, inspirational story of the bond between a mother and a daughter and how one woman - through caring for the person she had relied on the most - finally found herself.

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