The courageous story of how an abused young woman draws on her own resources to recover her self-worth and reclaim her body

Ces has a burning passion. She knows all about tattoos: how they are made, what the different motifs and patterns signify, the history of tattoos. She lives with Laura, who’s not a very good mother; she’s having a relationship with Tom, who’s not a very good boyfriend; and she and her mother have recently left Francis, who has been the very worst kind of father. Needlework is the story Ces tells of how she lives her life: going to work and to school, managing not to self-harm most of the time, coping with her past, and planning her future as a tattoo artist.