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Rathcoole woman Tara West landed a job in a top ad agency... then life came crashing down

Co Antrim woman Tara West on the day she told her husband she was suicidal and how she created a "glossy, lipstick-y persona" to hide her working class origins as she worked her way up in the glamorous world of advertising

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Tara West working in her study

Tara West working in her study

Tara West working in her study

Tara West was finally reaping the rewards of a top job in advertising and her debut novel had just been published when she told her husband she wanted to kill herself.

Career-wise and in her personal life she had come a long way from her childhood growing up in a single parent family in Rathcoole, a loyalist estate on the outskirts of Belfast.

But success couldn't negate the emotional turmoil of the past, and the strain of keeping her background a secret from her sophisticated, middle-class colleagues at the ad agency was also taking a considerable toll.


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