|The Ship Theatre
Walthamstow Hall School
He has lost a sister and a half-sister in recent years, and both are the subjects of this remarkable and heart-breaking memoir, along with sibling relationships in literature and those of literary figures.
Blake’s sister Gillian struggled with alcoholism for a large part of her life, and her shocking early death is the starting point for Two Sisters. Blake returns to their childhood to search for the origins of her later difficulties. As he unravels this narrative, he deals movingly in the guilt and shame that will be familiar to every person who has struggled with addiction and other long-term illness in their family. He is unflinching in doing so, and the result is a book which provides testament to that common struggle, as well as acknowledging the complex, hidden undercurrents on which all our lives are based.