Love, lust, boys and coursework - the main worries of a teenage girl? Not for eighteen-year-old Alice Peterson, who, at the height of her youth and an extremely promising tennis career, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. In the midst of shock and denial, and the enduring question, 'Isn't it old people who get arthritis?', Alice had to learn to live with what quickly turned from the odd ache and pain to a very aggressive form of the illness, and rediscover a new path in life. Another Alice is at times utterly heart-breaking, and at others laugh-out-loud. Here is her story of how, armed with humour and courage, she left behind a world she loved to overcome the pain of a degenerative illness. Told with wit, charm and frankness, Another Alice is also a story of friendship, family, growing up and the desire to be 'normal'. But, above all, it celebrates the power of the human spirit.
Alice Peterson is the author of the novels Look The World In The Eye (Black Swan, 2005) and You, Me and Him (Black Swan, 2007), which Red called 'a witty and moving account of sibling rivalry'. She now works closely with the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society(NRAS) to raise awareness of the condition, and to highlight particularly how it affects the lives of young sufferers. She lives in West London.