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John O'Donoghue takes Mind Book of the Year honour

6th August 2010

Author and poet John O'Donoghue has won the Mind Book of the Year 2010 for his memoir Sectioned: A Life Interrupted.

The mental health charity presented O'Donoghue with the award at a recent ceremony held at the Royal Institute of British Architects in central London.

Sectioned details the author's experiences of battling depression, which started after the death of his father and saw him spend more than ten years living in homeless hostels, mental health facilities and the streets. He is now a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Westminster and Open University.

Praising the memoir, judge panel member Blake Morrison said: 'The humdrum reality of mental illness has rarely been so well conveyed and it's less a story of locked wards than of hostels, soup kitchens, sheltered housing and relentless poverty.'

In winning the accolade, Sectioned saw off competition from a shortlist that included Loretta Loach's Devil's Children, Voluntary Madness by Norah Vincent and Richard Bentall's Doctoring the Mind.

Last year, the Mind Book of the Year title was taken by British journalist Sathnam Sanghera for The Boy With The Topknot.
 

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