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Malcolm is a little unwell [Kindle Edition]

Malcolm Brabant
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‘Malcolm is a little unwell’ is the shocking, gripping narrative of Malcolm Brabant’s descent into madness caused by a routine yellow fever vaccination. The book chronicles a Kafkaesque journey through insanity during which Brabant first believes he is the Messiah and later, the Devil. He imagines he is visited by guardian angels, close friends and relatives who died premature deaths, and who set him impossible tasks to prove that he was the Chosen One. At his lowest point, certain he is possessed by Lucifer while in a locked psychiatric ward, Brabant, an award winning veteran BBC foreign correspondent, attempts suicide in order to save the world. His illness causes him to lose his job as the Corporation’s Athens correspondent, and his family comes within a whisker of being homeless. As doctors try to find the right combination of medication to cure his fried brain, Brabant’s wife Trine struggles to restore him to the alpha male husband she married while taking on Sanofi Pasteur, the pharmaceutical manufacturer of the yellow fever jab. Her love and anger are the driving forces as the family struggles to crawl from the abyss and embarks on a David versus Goliath battle to win justice. Malcolm Brabant’s voice and face are recognised around the globe from his 25 years of distinctive reporting for the BBC World Service and BBC World TV. His book will resonate not just in Britain, but in the rest of the world, because it uniquely and articulately describes what it’s like to go mad.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2451 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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Malcolm Brabant is an award winning veteran BBC Foreign Correspondent. Brabant, who is 57, has reported from over 80 countries. He is best known for his radio reportage from Sarajevo. He covered the Bosnian war from start to finish. Brabant has twice been based in Greece and in Miami, Florida. He's a pioneer of one man band journalism, and has been shooting and editing his own television reports for nearly twenty years. In 1993 he won a radio "Oscar" - the coveted Sony Radio Reporter of the Year for his coverage of the siege of Sarajevo. Two years later he was presented with the radio prize in the annual Amnesty International press awards for his work in Grozny, the Chechen capital, while it was under murderous fire from Russian forces attempting to quell a rebellion. Brabant met his Danish wife Trine in Sarajevo in 1995. They married in Santorini Greece in 1996, and immediately afterwards settled in Miami. Since then, they have lived in Barcelona and Athens, but were forced to leave Greece in 2011 after a routine yellow fever jab fried Brabant's brain and sent him insane.The family left Greece in the autumn of 2011 for Trine's home city of Copenhagen where Brabant has battled to defeat his temporary mental iillness. He left psychiatric hospital in July 2012 and has so far suffered no relapses. 'Malcolm is a little unwell' is his first book and was written not just as a cathartic project, but also to demonstrate that he had lost none of his journalistic faculties. To contact the author, write to

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Over the years I've heard Malcolm Brabant report for the BBC on events in Greece, the US and the wars of Yugoslav secession, and while reading this book I had to keep reminding myself that what he was recounting here in such detail had actually happened to him - and is, to a great extent, still happening as his ordeal is not over. In writing this immensely readable and moving account of what followed a seemingly routine yellow fever jab, Malcolm Brabant has not only chronicled the nightmarish confusion and obfuscation that have accompanied his search for justice: he has also been mercilessly frank about mental illness, while revealing just how easily a stroke of fate can turn anyone's life upside-down. It wouldn't be Brabant without some humour, though it can be pretty dark humour. Read it, and be grateful if you haven't been where he's had to go.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and disturbing 24 May 2013
By CatieB
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This is a disturbing account about the effects of a vaccination on a distinguished journalist. Malcolm had a yellow fever vaccine in preparation for a filming trip to the Ivory Coast, the repercussions of the subsequent psychotic episodes have almost destroyed his, and his family's lives. He writes movingly about the problems caused by the illness; losing home, work, and almost losing hope as the resulting financial crisis bites. Fervently supported by his wife, Trine, he battles to regain control of his life. This book shows us all how easily our foundations can be undermined and the strength it takes to recover from mental illness.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love and Madness 14 Jun. 2013
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This book grips you from the opening line. It sets off at a ferocious pace that never lets up - though there are moments of heartstopping stillness in it too, in which Malcolm and what he calls his "little family" stare into the terrors of what has descended on them. Malcolm Brabant writes with the same warm, engaging style that makes him such a talented and distinctive reporter - clear, concise, liquid prose that seems effortlessly charming but is in fact highly disciplined and taught, with scarcely a wasted word. Full disclosure - Malcolm is a friend of mine. He claims not to have been a very brave war reporter. But I was always glad to see him when I turned up in difficult and dangerous places. Everyone who knows him knows him as a voracious lover of life - an uproariously funny, irreverent, rebellious maverick of a reporter. I knew him best in Sarajevo: that war broke his heart and he produced some of the most moving and compelling journalism there. The same qualities and character traits run through this book: it is an open and honest account of a descent into madness, as Malcolm gradually loses his grip on reality and plunges into his own desperate insanity.

But this is also a book about love. Brabant has written a love story. The book is a love letter to his wife Trine and his son Lukas. Trine's personal strength and her devotion to their marriage, and to him, shine from every page. She is the outstanding personality in this story and the image of her turning up again and again and waving cheerfully at her deranged, unrecognisable husband through the reinforced-glass window of a locked psychiatric ward stays with you - for you know the pain she was in, and you think that if that can happen to a couple like them then it could happen to any one of us.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To hell and back 2 Jun. 2013
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Raw, passionate and blisteringly angry -- Brabant describes in terrifying detail what it feels like to lose your sanity. As a highly experienced BBC correspondent, he knows better than most how to tell a story, and he tells his own with painful honesty. After what should have been a routine yellow fever jab, he loses his mind, his career and very nearly his life. He also pays well-deserved tribute to his "lioness" wife, Trine, who went through her own version of hell trying to keep their marriage, and their family, together.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Well written by a great journalist, although a painful story. I have nothing but admiration for his courage. I look forward to what happens next. Deserves to be widely read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Malcolm writes so engagingly with black humour and immense candidness about how his - and his family's - life changed immeasurably after one small vaccination. The book is so lucid in describing Malcolm's subsequent mental anguish - the relapses - the reaction of friends, family and colleagues and the fear and desperation of everything you've worked for years for slipping away. The book's "flashbacks" to the Bosnian war of the 90s and Malcolm's youth are also revealing. This works also as a part-autobiography of a fascinating, strong willed journalist who's spent years telling other people's stories now revealing his own tragic yet fascinating one. A man overtaken by circumstances beyond his control fighting for his sanity and, with his equally strong wife, for justice. It leaves you willing the family to succeed and wanting to hear more about the life of one of the BBC's greatest foreign correspondents.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I have known Malcolm through our broadcasting careers for nigh on forty years. The fact he is a bloody good journalist shines through his writing. He doesn't pull any punches. The story is just incredible. It certainly deserves to become a film, a play, a drama-documentary. Probably all three. It's a story of a personal tragedy, but also one of an inner strength within his family to overcome adversity. Yes of course the battle is really just beginning and one wonders just how many obstacles will be put in the way of Malcolm and his family as they seek recompense for their nightmarish struggle.
The sequel is likely to be just as fascinating.
Do buy it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Excellent, interesting and thought provoking book. I could not put it down. I bought this after hearing an interview with the author and I loved it.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inside look at madness
I knew Malcolm when we were running around London and the country together for Independent Radio News. He was a determined man than and I doubt that anything has changed. Read more
Published 12 months ago by M. J. Rowbottom
5.0 out of 5 stars astounding
An emotionally difficult read at times but worth walking the journey with Malcolm & his family. I wish him well with his recovery & his pursuit for justice against the Big Pharm! Read more
Published 14 months ago by emma
5.0 out of 5 stars A sobering tale
Malcom has written a very honest and intimate account of his descent into the depths of mental illness and his slow recovery from it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mark Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly gripping
An unfortunate event brilliantly told in graphic detail, thoroughly enjoyed reading this 'warts and all' book. Hope you get justice.
Published 16 months ago by Lou
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare insight
I couldn't put this down. Books about mental health are so often written by academics and health professionals, not often by those who have been through a mental health breakdown. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jenny Horrocks
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncomfortable read
What a harrowing experience both for Malcolm and his family.
Written with honesty, his reality of psychosis caused by a vaccination is quite harrowing. Read more
Published 18 months ago by mrs veronica a smith
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK A MUST READ
Malcolm is a little unwell in my opinion is a fantastic book,having gone through a similar thing myself it chilled me to the bone reading about someone who suffered in this... Read more
Published 19 months ago by KARLW
5.0 out of 5 stars Malcolm is a little unwell!!!!!!'
What a book - full of such pain for all his family & friends. It showed out of nowhere how something like his awful yellow fever vaccine throws us in to a life of frailty,... Read more
Published 20 months ago by JMS
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspired
After initial struggling to get engaged in the story I became fully involved in Malcolm's madness. One night git up at 1 am to read another chapter. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Chrissie
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