Madness: A Memoir

27 Jan

I first heard of Madness: A Memoir on an episode of First Tuesday Bookclub where Toni Jordan was talking up her friends book. It sounded fascinating. One woman’s battle with mental illness. I’ve been long fascinated with what’s really going on in people’s brains. And never so much as when it comes to people battling horrible ailments.

The book was gritty. I don’t think I was prepared for it emotionally. I remember being horrified by the first chapter as Kate revealed on one night she had a brush with the voices in her head and how they were imploring her to sever her own arm off completely. It was gnarly story to begin with. The remainder of the book is her struggle, to realise how sick she really is, and to find a counselor that cared enough to help her. I remember getting off the bus one day after reading a few chapters and feeling ill.

She said she hoped people would be less likely to judge a “crazy” they saw in the street. Hopefully to make people aware of what people might be experiencing. Not just there to terrorise you when you’re walking the streets. They might need some serious help.

If you can handle this book I say it’s a must. What an eye-opener!


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