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.
'A brilliant, beautiful and bold book. It is illuminating and empathetic and needs to be read by all'
THE BIG ANXIETY PRIZE 2019
A SUNDAY TIMES 'BOOK OF THE YEAR' 2019
‘Erudite, well-researched and full of compassion, shedding an important light on the human cost of serious mental illness.’
'A book that everyone should read... upsetting, entertaining and fascinating.'
‘A hard-hitting and thoughtful account of contemporary mental-health practices'
‘I have never read a more powerful book about mental health’
‘At once conversational, confiding and challenging… helps us open our minds to new ways of thinking about mental health, about each other, and about our own selves’
'This is a beautifully written book that brims with compassion and wit'
'Filer does a brilliant job of bringing order and humanity to a seemingly chaotic scene'
‘A truly important book. Radically open-hearted and vitally open-minded. Read it, and share it, and talk about it.’