Six Excellent Mental Health Stories

1) Ken Kesey. ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’
The original, trail-blazing tour-de-force, about 1960’s asylum life.

2) Colin Thubron. ‘A Cruel Madness’
One of the best examples of twist-in-the-tale insanity stories.

3) Sylvia Plath ‘The Bell Jar’
A classic, real life account from the patient’s perspective.

4) Sam Taylor ‘The Amnesiac’
To me, this is a brilliant postmodern take on cognitive disorder. Thoroughly convincing and highly recommended.

5) Sebastian Faulkes ‘Human Traces’
A fictionalised saga covering two traditions in mental health research and treatment (physiological and psychoanalytic).

6) Leo Vine-Knight. ‘Looking Through the Windows of Madness’
Well, you didn’t think you were getting away without some gratuitous self-promotion, did you?
A satire about community mental care and modern society. The asylum inside out.

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