By Dolly Sen
Key Themes: abuse, manic depression, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, activism, suicidal thoughts, self-harm
The frankness and ironic humour kept me turning the pages. Mental Health Today
Thought-provoking, stark, brutal and exhilarating. Anne Mathie, Mind Out
This was Chipmunka Publishings second book release, and one of the most important books on mental illness ever written. A book that in the words of the author, started out a suicide note and ended up a celebration of life. Dollys outstanding memoir is the gripping tale of a womans fight to come to terms with abuse, family pressures, prejudice and severe mental ill health. Sen describes the horrible reality of being diagnosed with both manic depression and schizophrenia and the prejudice she faced. Add to this a series of horrific experiences in her life, and it is remarkable how she has the strength to come through such events, writing with such vigour, optimism and warmness.
About the Author
Author, poet and activist Dolly Sen lives in Streatham, South London. Born in 1970, she had her first psychotic experience aged 14 which lead her to leave school. After years of mental illness, probably bought on by an abusive childhood, Dolly decided she should write about her experiences. She was inspired to write her own story after reading Jason Peglers autobiography A Can of Madness. She has since written five books, become a successful performance poet who has toured throughout Europe and has set up two charities.