Continuing thoughts of how resilient many women with alcohol problems are, I turned last night again to one of my favourite books, The Woman Who Walked Into Doors, by Roddy Doyle. It’s hard to believe it’s written by a man, because the heroine Paula Spencer is drawn from a perspective which feels totally and utterly female. It’s the story of a woman in an abusive relationship who is an alcoholic, and her struggle to find her dignity. It’s written with warmth and compassion, and humour – an essential component not only for Paula Spencer, but also for many of the women I meet in my research. Many of them have lives like Paula Spencer.
If you haven’t read it, give it a go. The idea of a novel about a battered woman with a drink problem may not appeal, but you won’t regret it. You may even find it uplifting. And if you have read it, let me know what you thought.