Briefing for a descent into hell – Doris Lessing

An exploration of the mind of the 'mad'. Charles Watkins, a professor at Cambridge suffers a mental breakdown and finds himself in hospital; but he can't name himself or tell how he got there. A series of letters written by the doctors, who put Watkins of increasingly strong medicines and controversial treatments, and Watkins's relatives … Continue reading Briefing for a descent into hell – Doris Lessing

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Brain on Fire; My Month of Madness – Susannah Cahalan

An intensely captivating novel that takes you through Cahalan's 'month of madness'. She was a victim of a rare disease called anti-NMDA-receptor autoimmune encephalitis which causes seizures, memory loss, psychosis amongst other terrifying symptoms and the book recounts her experience of the disease - a lot of which came from videos of her in hospital … Continue reading Brain on Fire; My Month of Madness – Susannah Cahalan

The Fifth Child – Doris Lessing (new obsession)

I read this short story a while ago and the storyline has been in my mind ever since. Lessing presents what at first seems like familial bliss between a couple, Harriet and David, but below which lurk hidden weaknesses and prejudices. The story culminates in disaster, and the slow descent into misery and hatred following, … Continue reading The Fifth Child – Doris Lessing (new obsession)