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Poor: The No. 1 bestseller Moving, uplifting, brave heroic BBC Womans Hour by Katriona O'Sullivan

The No. 1 Bestseller
Biography of the Year, Irish Book Awards 2023
The Last Word Listeners' Choice Award, Irish Book Awards 2023

'One of the best [books] I have read about the complexities of poverty . . . one of the most remarkable people you will ever meet' Guardian

Like young girls everywhere Katriona OSullivan grew up bright, enthusiastic, curious. But she was also surrounded by abject poverty and chaos, and after she became pregnant and homeless at 15, what followed was five years of barely surviving. Yet today Katriona is an award-winning academic whose work explores barriers to education for girls like her.

What set Katriona on this unexpected path were the mentors and supporters who truly saw her. The teachers who showed her how to wash in the school toilets or turned up at her door to convince her to sit at least one GCSE. The community worker who encouraged her to apply for training schemes. The friend who introduced Katriona to Trinity Colleges access program while she was a cleaner. Simple acts that would help her turn her life around.

Told with warmth, clarity and compassion compassion for her parents, for her younger self, for others Poor is both an astonishing personal testimony and an impassioned plea for the future of our children.

Powerful Katriona is a legend Barry Keoghan

Raw, passionate and resolutely honest Ill never forget it Annie Mac

'Full of insight . . . so important' Fi Glover, Times Radio

'I read poor in one sitting I found it so compelling . . . moving, uplifting, brave, heroic' Nuala McGovern, Woman's Hour, BBC Radio Four

'Moving, funny, brave and original - just like the author . . . absolutely incredible' Roisin Ingle, Irish Times Women's Podcast

One of the books of the year Patrick Kielty, Late Late Show, RTE One

'One of the most important books I have ever read a beautiful telling of determination despite the odds' Lynn Ruane, Irish Times

'Fearless, funny and searingly honest' Adil Ray OBE

'Raw and remarkable' Irish Independent

'A book of empowerment and hope' Patricia Scanlan

Remarkable . . . a vivid retelling of Katriona flourishing, despite her beginnings BBC News West Midlands

Poor Reviews

Full of insight into a life lived right up against the boundaries placed on it by poverty . . . so important . . . we'd highly recommend -- Fi Glover * Off Air with Jane and Fi, Times Radio *
I read [Poor] in one sitting I found it so compelling. An amazing story . . . moving, uplifting, brave, heroic -- Nuala McGovern * Woman's Hour, BBC *
Moving, funny, brave and original - just like the author . . . absolutely incredible -- Roisin Ingle * Irish Times Women's Podcast *
One of the best books I have ever read about the complexities of poverty . . . one of the most remarkable people you will ever meet * Guardian *
One of the most important books I have ever read . . . a beautiful telling of determination despite the odds -- Lynn Ruane * Irish Times *
[A] story for the unheard and unseen that is fearless, funny and searingly honest -- Adil Ray OBE
Raw and remarkable * Irish Independent *
A book of empowerment and hope -- Patricia Scanlan
An important contribution to our understanding of poverty and its impact * Business Post *
An incredible read * Business Post *
Phenomenal -- Louise O'Neill
Katriona has taken her life and turned it into a call for action. She has given us all of her in her radically honest memoir and all who read it must meet that honesty with action. Poor is a book that can change society, and we must all level up to change it with her. -- Lynn Ruane
They should put it on the leaving cert . . . an extraordinary book -- Brendan O'Connor * RTE Radio One *
Absolutely brilliant. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is, as far as I'm concerned, the book of the year! -- Pat Kenny * Newstalk *
A fascinating story of overcoming great adversity, so well told -- Matt Cooper * Today FM *
If I was a student who could be lectured by her, I would feel beyond privileged ... I really do recommend the book. -- Jane Garvey * Off Air with Jane and Fi, Times Radio *
The remarkable story of her ascent from the trenches [of poverty] and her determination to inspire others . . . a vivid retelling of Katriona flourishing, despite her beginnings * BBC News West Midlands *
Just finished this brilliant book ... it strikes at the heart of the damage we as a society are doing to children living in poverty. -- June Shannon * Twitter *
'A deeply affecting tale of resilience.' * The i newspaper *

About Katriona O'Sullivan

Dr Katriona O'Sullivan was born in Coventry to Irish parents. In 1998, at 20, she moved from Birmingham to Dublin and subsequently enrolled in the Trinity College access programme. After being awarded a PhD in psychology from Trinity she joined its staff. She now lectures in psychology at Maynooth University and lives with her family in Dublin. Poor is her first book.

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Poor: The No. 1 bestseller Moving, uplifting, brave heroic BBC Womans Hour by Katriona O'Sullivan
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Penguin Books Ltd
2024-04-18
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