Heavy Light

Heavy Light: A Journey Through Madness, Mania and Healing

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 10/02/2022
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Heavy Light
A memoir that resonates & offers fresh insight
WeIl, this is quite the read. The first two parts of the book look at the authors descent into mania & his admission to a psychiatric ward. While my own ex... READ MORE
Matt at Waterstones Online

Synopsis

Heavy Light is the story of a breakdown: a journey through mania, psychosis and treatment in a psychiatric hospital, and onwards to release, recovery and healing. After a lifetime of ups and downs, Horatio Clare was committed to hospital under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act. From hypomania in the Alps, to a complete breakdown and a locked ward in Wakefield, this is a gripping account of how the mind loses touch with reality, how we fall apart and how we can be healed - or not - by treatment. A story of the wonder and intensity of the manic experience, as well as its peril and strangeness, it is shot through with the love, kindness, humour and care of those who deal with someone who becomes dangerously ill. Partly a tribute to those who looked after Horatio, from family and friends to strangers and professionals, and partly an investigation into how we understand and treat acute crises of mental health, Heavy Light's beauty, power and compassion illuminate a fundamental part of human experience. It asks urgent questions about mental health that affect each and every one of us.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781529112641
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 282g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm

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