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  • Paperback: 335 pages
  • Publisher: PCCS Books; UK Edition edition (1 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906254451
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906254452
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.9 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 448,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An insightful and eloquent exploration of the subjective experiences of madness. The curiosity and wisdom of the author illuminates our understanding of the complex mysteries of the human condition. --Jacqui Dillon, Chair of Hearing Voices Network, England

Reading Agnes's Jacket changed the course of my life. In this book Gail Hornstein undertakes a remarkable investigation into the experiences of people who - like me - have found themselves caught up in the 'mad world' of mental illness. In this compelling account of a personal quest spanning centuries and continents, seeking to better comprehend what it is to go mad, Gail Hornstein connects us to a whole new world of hitherto hidden networks, radical voices and marvellous stories of survival, recovery and beyond. Mental illness can be a profoundly isolating experience. Since discovering Agnes's Jacket I know that I am part of a growing global community of people - either 'experts by experience or experts by profession' - who push forward towards a more humane and hopeful understanding of the meanings of madness. --Bobby Baker, author of 'Diary Drawings', Mind Book of the Year 2011

Compelling and beautifully done. --Susie Orbach, author of 'Bodies'.

About the Author

Gail A. Hornstein is a professor of psychology at Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA, and author of 'To Redeem One Person Is to Redeem the World', the widely praised biography of pioneering psychiatrist Frieda Fromm-Reichmann. She divides her time between Holyoke and London.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Laurence Baldwin on 31 May 2013
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This book is a personal journey of discovery, and a fascinating view on the experiences of voice hearers past and present. Professor Hornstein presents a personal reflection on her journey to discover the first hand narratives of voice hearers, drawing on historical writings of people who have experienced what we health professionals call psychosis, including that embroidered into Agnes's jacket, apparently the only way she (Agnes) could record her thoughts in her hospital setting. Gail Hornstein cleverly combines her own thoughts and reflections on peer support groups in the UK (mostly through the Hearing Voices Network) and in her native USA, and argues that mental health professionals have much to learn from the testimony of those who live with these experiences. I had the privilege of meeting the author on her recent trip to the UK and she makes a powerful case for a paradigm shift in how we understand the human experience of 'madness'. The conversational and reflective narrative style of the book make it an easy read, but she makes a very cogent academic argument that we 'experts by training' would do well to learn more, and listen better, to the 'experts by experience'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louise Gillett on 14 Jun. 2013
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I thought I had already reviewed this book - I read it several months ago. I have recommended it to many people since - it was a very worthwhile read. Gail Hornstein writes in an easy-to-understand manner, about the change in the shift of understanding mental illness - from the psychiatrists' stance of asking the patient 'What's wrong with you?' to the psychologists' more illuminating question 'What happened to you?'

The author tells how she compiled a list of mental health narratives, told by the patient, and how this list grew longer over time. She also interacted with the Hearing Voices Network, attending their meetings and listening quietly to the transformations that took place there. She undertook extensive research, listening to hours of tapes of the experiences of mental health patients in the British Library Archive. And then she wrote this book, ostensibly about her examination of the meaning of a jacket embroidered by a patient in an old-style asylum many years ago (the story starts and ends with the history of Agnes' jacket) but really about the meaning of the collective experience of mental illness, and how best to help sufferers deal with their difficulties.

I was uplifted by this story - I recommend it to anyone with an interest in mental health, or narrative as a healing force, or really to anyone who is interested in people. Thank you, Gail Hornstein, for your humanity towards the mentally ill - a group of people who are so often cast aside by society.

Louise Gillett
Author of 'Surviving Schizophrenia: A Memoir'
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A fascinating book, gives new insights into mental illness from a first person viewpoint.
I have always been intrigued by the jacket, and now find the stories behind such pieces.
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