Deirdre Sullivan

Sometimes I fantasise about never having existed, of fading into air a little at a time and one day just being gone. Not missing – just not there.

Ces longs to be a tattoo artist and embroider skin with beautiful images. But for now she’s just trying to reach adulthood without falling apart after a traumatic childhood at the hands of both her mother and father.

Undoubtedly changed by her experiences, she craves the feeling of normality but struggles to fully connect with the people who surround her, leaving her isolated in her dream world of beauty and tattoos.

Needlework is a heart-wrenching story about a girl who wants to survive, but is unsure of how to live.


World: Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency

UK &Ireland: Little Island

Serbia: Urban Reads

Russia: Ripol