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 hard-hitting and thoughtful account of contemporary mental-health practices'
THE BIG ANXIETY PRIZE 2019
A SUNDAY TIMES 'BOOK OF THE YEAR' 2019
LONGLISTED FOR THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE 2020
‘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'
‘A truly important book. Radically open-hearted and vitally open-minded. Read it, and share it, and talk about it.’
‘Erudite, well-researched and full of compassion, shedding an important light on the human cost of serious mental illness.’
‘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’
'A brilliant, beautiful and bold book. It is illuminating and empathetic and needs to be read by all'
'This is a beautifully written book that brims with compassion and wit'
'A book that everyone should read... upsetting, entertaining and fascinating.'