On October 8, 2013, Brian Pennie experienced his first day clean after 15 years of chronic heroin addiction. Instead of perceiving his addiction as a failure, he embraced a second chance at life and went to university to study the complexities of human behaviour.
He graduated with a degree in psychology in 2017 winning several awards, including a fully-funded PhD scholarship in Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. Since then, he has become a keynote speaker, a life change-strategist, a lecturer in Trinity College and University College Dublin, and author of his recently published memoir, Bonus Time (Gill Books).
What readers are saying about Brian’s book:
‘The first book in five years I haven’t been able to put down.’ – Jennifer Zamparelli, 2FM
‘It reads like one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read in my entire life.’ – Mark Cagney, Newstalk
‘Brian’s book provides hope that lives can be turned around.’ – Mary Carr, The Irish Mail on Sunday
‘It’s going to be a really important book for a lot of people.’ – Dermot and Dave, Today FM