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  • Paperback: 492 pages
  • Publisher: Chipmunkapublishing (8 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847477313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847477316
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 627,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tony Lockhart on 28 April 2010
Format: Paperback
I have just finished reading Dark Clouds Gather and have had my eyes widened by the experience. It is an articulate, no-nonsense approach to a subject many others would find impossible to record with any degree of meaning, let alone in this detail. It is a book I recommend to any person that has a similar illness, or knows someone that does. In fact even if you have no illness and don't know anyone ill, you will find it to be an education.

The subject matter of mental illness takes many forms in the book; eating disorders, self-harm, manic depression and much more. I can personally only relate directly to one of them and I find that difficult enough to cope with and write about. But Dark Clouds Gather manages to cover all of them in startling depth.

Katy, with all that was going on in your life, how you coped with the day to day stuff generally and the demands of academia, is in itself worth an award. The extraordinary thing about it all is that you came out the other side and you're still kicking. Hats off! Good luck with the other works.

Regards
David Thomas (@BayTheMoon)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gayalondiel on 15 Sept. 2008
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Dark Clouds Gather: The True Story About Surviving Mood Disorders, Eating Disorders, Attempted Suicide and Self-Harm by Katy Sara Culling is one of the most painfully honest books I have ever read. It is written as an autobiography of Culling's experiences as a child, teenager and adult suffering from (mostly undiagnosed) bipolar I with a host of concurrent conditions, as the title suggests. Culling is a highly intelligent individual who has studied chemistry, biochemistry, medicine and psychiatry to various levels up to and including a DPhil at Oxford. She is also distinguished among those people I can name as having been through the most troubling disorders and states of mind that I am aware of. Culling is therefore particularly well, if not uniquely qualified to present the many aspects of her illness with both the awareness of her feelings at the time combined with highly analytical hindsight. She writes articulately about the circles in which her mind could run, exposing without judgement or awkwardness the less desirable view of the world and of individuals that is somewhat inevitable for someone with that condition.

I could go on and on about this book, but I will try to keep it brief. Culling is a miracle - in more sense than one. She is a miracle because she lives, having detailed no less than 443 identifiable suicide attempts in just shy of thirty years of life. She is a miracle because she has been clinically dead at least once, possibly more. She is a miracle because her intent with writing the book was to write "the book I needed to read when I was ill," and in doing so has given up more of herself that anyone would be expected to give into the public arena.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D on 15 Sept. 2008
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Dark Clouds Gather is an astonishingly brave and absorbing book. It frankly and sincerely tells the story of the author's lifelong struggles with manic depression. The subject matter is painful, but it is well worthwhile, and helps provide much-needed understanding of the experiences of people with mental illnesses.
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By J88 on 23 Dec. 2013
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A wonderful book so fantastically written by an incredible person who ultimately lost their horrendous battle. I know how it feels and thank you Katy Sara for telling the world how painful and hard it is to live with mental illness. I am just so sad you lost your fight. Your book is helping me so much to keep me trying to win mine.
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