The Heartland

In The Heartland, Nathan Filer, mental health nurse and award-winning writer, takes us on a journey into the psychiatric wards he once worked on. He also invites us to spend time with world-leading experts and with some extraordinary people whose lives have been affected my the most strange of human conditions.

The Heartland debunks myths, challenges assumptions and offers fresh insight into what it means to be mad.

And what it means to be human.

‘A hard-hitting and thoughtful account of contemporary mental-health practices'

The Sunday Times

‘Absolutely blew me away… I cannot think of another book in the field that would come close to this… I really appreciated the deft touches of humour which humanised it even more’

Jo Brand

‘A truly important book. Radically open-hearted and vitally open-minded. Read it, and share it, and talk about it.’

Max Porter

‘Erudite, well-researched and full of compassion. This book will change the way people understand schizophrenia’

Christie Watson

‘I have never read a more powerful book about mental health’

Joanna Cannon

‘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’

The Bookseller

'The Heartland is a brilliant, beautiful and bold book. It is illuminating and empathetic and needs to be read by all'

Bryony Gordon

'This is a beautifully written book that brims with compassion and wit'

The Times

'The Heartland is a book that everyone should read... upsetting, entertaining and fascinating.'

The Observer

‘Filer has an incisive eye for detail… authentic, funny and hauntingly sad’

The Sunday Times