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  • Published: 4 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473575561
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

Heavy Light

A Journey Through Mania, Madness and Healing




A journey through mania, madness and healing: both personal and rigorously researched it’ll be a timely contribution to our ongoing national conversation about mental health

Horatio Clare was recently sectioned and has a long history of grappling with his own mental health. This book will be a personal journey, a transporting and utterly intoxicating insight into his own mental world: the mania, the highs, the crippling lows. It will focus on the people he met along the way of his recent period of psychosis, starting with his friends, family and local community, but moving along through the teams of police, nurses, doctors, social workers and therapists who make up our psychiatric care system.

This personal story segues into a deeper investigation into our historical and cultural understanding of madness in order to really get to know his own affliction.

It could be one of those books that changes the cultural conversation about a particular topic, that inaugurates a real sea-change of opinion.

  • Published: 4 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473575561
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

About the author

Horatio Clare

Horatio Clare is the bestselling author of numerous books including the memoirs Running for the Hills and Truant and the travel books A Single Swallow, Down to the Sea in Ships, Orison for a Curlew, Icebreaker and The Light in the Dark. His books for children include Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot and Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds. Horatio’s essays and reviews appear on BBC radio and in the Financial Times, the Observer and the Spectator, among other publications. He lives with his family in West Yorkshire.

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