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ISBN: 978-1-84991-746-9
Published: 2012
Pages: 272
Key Themes: novel, depression, psychiatry, humour


Kate is leaving after close to three years in a private psychiatric hospital in Dunedin, New Zealand. Although hugely difficult, they have been the most incredible years of her life.
Ready to move on, the freedom and escapism of travel appeal to Kate but she quickly discovers that while you can change your surroundings, you cannot escape your past. As Kate travels through Europe she writes about the world around her and about the hospital world of behavioural extremes, sleeplessness, tough love and understanding. Through her writing, Kate is able to work through troubling memories and record some of the stories of the people and places that she never wants to forget.

This is an inspiring novel that will both shock you and make you laugh.

About the Author

Born in 1986, Kirsten Phillips grew up in Auckland, New Zealand. She has lived with a form of depression for as long as she can remember and the experience has been a significant part of her life. Time spent in psychiatric hospitals between the ages of 17 and 20 has given her an ability to empathise with people from all backgrounds and grounded her with a clear perspective of what is truly important in life.


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