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.