It’s Happening To Me


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By Rosealine Allen

ISBN: 978-1-84747-100-0
Published: 2007
Pages: 229
Key Themes: ethnic minorities, schizophrenia, paranoia, autobiography, conspiracy


This is a poignant, surprising and claustrophobic autobiography on schizophrenia. The reader must ask him/herself whether there is a conspiracy against Rosie, or whether its all her imagination and is simply a further manifestation of her illness. The book takes the reader through Rosies school years, her leaving home and then pursuing a course at Polytechnic, where things start to go horribly wrong. Wherever Rosie goes she finds people are conspiring against her, as a result she becomes chronically stressed and paranoid. She starts to hear voices and eventually concludes that there is a conspiracy against her orchestrated by the intelligence services and that what is happening to her is part of a wider assault on the black community.

About the Author

Rosealine Allen was born in May 1967 in London. She is a black woman born to West Indian immigrant parents. She spent her early years moving between grim council estates in East London. At Polytechnic she studied psychology and she is now training to be a teacher on the Graduate Teacher Programme. Rosealine currently lives in Basildon, Essex. Whether Rosies troubled youth was typical of a Black British girl growing up in the seventies, she cannot say, but she does believe the problems that existed between her parents and her were common for West Indians families at that time.

6 reviews for It’s Happening To Me

  1. Julian Parquet (verified owner)

    Is there a conspiracy against Rosie, or is it all her imagination and simply a further manifestation of her illness? When i read this book i really wondered what was happening!!!
    It’s very well written!!!
    I advice you to read this gorgeous and surprising book!!!

  2. Brian May (verified owner)

    Rosie is a normal little black girl who is growing up. One day she leaves her home to pursue studies at the university and begin to get paranoid and to suffer from schizophrenia.

    The situation seems desperately tragic as she really thinks everybody is against her. It begins quiet hard for the reader to see clearly what’s going on…anyway,it’s a very thrilling book.

  3. Jack Roberts (verified owner)

    This story could have inspired producers of Fight Club! Is there a conspiracy against Rosealine or is everything only happening in her imagination? Get on board and you will know what is really happening to her.

  4. Ananda Conabady (verified owner)

    It is the tale of a black girl who leaves her parents. Nevertheless, she felt confused. A great story.

  5. Lex Laurence (verified owner)

    This book talks about Rosie. She is a little black girl. One day she leaves her home to pursue studies at the university and the problem is that she begins to get paranoid and to suffer from schizophrenia. I like this story, it’s very thrilling. I advise this reading to everybody.

  6. Karen La Borde (verified owner)

    This book is an intriguing story and poses interesting questions about what is real and what is not. A must read for those interested in schizophrenia as it offers important insight into the mind of a schizophrenic.

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