A journey into the heartland of psychiatry.
This book debunks myths, challenges assumptions and offers fresh insight into what it means to be mentally ill.
And what it means to be human.
(This book was previously published in hardback under the title The Heartland.)
'Filer does a brilliant job of bringing order and humanity to a seemingly chaotic scene'
THE BIG ANXIETY PRIZE 2019
A SUNDAY TIMES 'BOOK OF THE YEAR' 2019
LONGLISTED FOR THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE 2020
‘Erudite, well-researched and full of compassion, shedding an important light on the human cost of serious mental illness.’
‘A truly important book. Radically open-hearted and vitally open-minded. Read it, and share it, and talk about it.’
‘I have never read a more powerful book about mental health’
'A brilliant, beautiful and bold book. It is illuminating and empathetic and needs to be read by all'
‘Absolutely blew me away… I cannot think of another book in the field that would come close to this. In my opinion it is an essential read for those in the mental health arena'
'This is a beautifully written book that brims with compassion and wit'
'A book that everyone should read... upsetting, entertaining and fascinating.'