The Waterhouse Girl
THE WATERHOUSE GIRL was the story that started it all. In it, Sue explored alopecia through the character of Daisy Waterhouse – which was a kind of therapy. She never foresaw that Daisy would help her overcome her fear, or that readers with alopecia would be strengthened too.
With her bird’s nest hair, Daisy Waterhouse has never been as pretty as her favourite pictures. But when that hair starts to fall out by the handful, she has no idea how difficult life will become. Starting afresh in a new town is hard enough without her dad. Her best friend is in Australia, and for Tamsin next-door, being seen with Daisy isn’t good for a model girl’s image. Baldness is hard to hide, and the school bully is on hand to make it impossible. It’s only in her diary that she reveals her true feelings, but deep down Daisy knows there are only so many secrets she can keep. When she meets Flame the eco-activist, weekends by the Thames bring freedom and friendship along with surprises, headlines and new battles to fight. With unexpected help – from George, an off-the-wall loner, and a stranded baby whale – Daisy is determined to hold her head high. But it takes a lot more courage than she could ever have imagined.
Beautifully written… insightful… poignant