Munster Express book review of ‘Thursdays Child’ by Liz McCue
Between The Lines.. Liam Murphy Reporter at Munster Express newspaper Waterford.
2 October 2018
With the encouragement and support of Waterford Healing Arts Trust and the Renal Dialysis Unit at University Hospital Waterford, a patient, Liz McCue, was able to write the book: Thursday’s Child – Stories of Survival from a Feisty Renal Warrior As the nursery rhyme goes: ” Thursday’s Child has far to go” and McCue’s story details a journey from her mother working in Jacob’s biscuit factory, mints and relatives working in the Guinness Estate in Castleknock, to troubled teenage years in England having to cope with kidney problems and a dysfunctional family in the throes of poverty and alcohol addiction: to a renal dependency back in Ireland.
The subject may seem dismal and despondent but Liz McCue has a warrior nature and a searing sense of humour about dealing with extended family life, its joys, and disappointments, chronic ill-health and neglect as well as heartache and fears.
There was singing and dancing, parties and shinning down drainpipes to find love, excitement, some disappointment but most of all a difficult acceptance and coming to terms with renal dialysis in its various forms as medical attitudes changed and developed.
The book made me angry as to how people were marginalised, ignored, cast aside, and how families and small communities were supportive and mostly non-judgmental. I could have cried at passages and set-backs but Liz McCue or Lizzybits she is known on social media has a charming and disarming style of writing. I was born on a Saturday (‘works hard for a living’).
Liz McCue will feature at the Copper Coast Literary weekend, November 1st to 4th that celebrates creativity and culture. It will involve school children in projects. There will be a ‘six-word challenge’ – a story in six words. The Geopark Visitor Centre will be central to much of this festival and it will host the Book Fair with self-published authors, geological books, specialist books, and second-hand books.