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Manicdotes: There's Madness in His Method [Paperback]

Chris Joseph
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4 Aug 2008
Madness and genius are often said to be close bedfellows, although the link between the two is little understood. Chris Joseph has known both extremes, and in Manicdotes: There s Madness in His Method, he lays bare his struggle with bi-polar disorder and the condition s pendulum-like swing between creative dynamism and dark despair. After walking out of university and briefly dabbling with life as a Benedictine monk and nightclub bouncer, Chris went to work at a dilapidated North East iron foundry where he lost his right arm in a horrific industrial accident. The accident was the springboard to a new career in the world of advertising and the trigger for the mental illness which was to blight his life. Having established his own award-winning agency renowned for its off-the-wall creative thinking Chris also used his considerable creative skills to publicise and settle High Court copyright and banking disputes with major corporations, most notably Barclays Bank. Manicdotes: There s Madness in His Method is a graphic, moving and frequently hilarious account of his life as a manic depressive, the highs which drove the creation of multi-million pound advertising campaigns giving way to bouts of deep depression and enforced hospitalisation. The stories can be read together or in isolation they tell the tale of an extraordinary man whose struggle to overcome physical and mental obstacles will be an inspiration to anyone facing the stigma of mental illness.

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  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Austin & Macauley Publishers (4 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905609078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905609079
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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- the author tells his story with great candour and the book moves seemlessly from moments of despair to triumphA" - Greginho, amazon.co.uk - a series of hilarious and astonishing stories about incredible episodes in his lifeA" - Barbara Argument, Evening Gazette - there's plenty to laugh about in Manicdotes - A" - Campaign Magazine, Keith McMillan - actively creative - daring yet positiveA" - Anna Kramer - you will find Manicdotes an inspirational biography.A" - Rob Nichol, Fly Me to The Moon Chris Joseph has faced many demons - but he has still managed to come through it all with a smile.A" - Northern Echo "You will be missing out if you don't read it!" - Ralph Doyle

About the Author

Chris Joseph walked out of university to become a priest. It was a tough decision, and the tasks set by the bishop, even tougher. From nightclub bouncer to Benedictine monk, he worked in a dilapidated iron foundry where he survived a horrific industrial accident. Disabled but undaunted, he finished his degree before joining the world of advertising. Having established his own award-winning agency in the heart of London s west end, he was struck down by mental illness and the inevitable stigma and chaos that accompany instability. He used his advertising skills to publicise and settle High Court copyright and banking disputes with several high profile multinational companies including Barclays Bank. Manicdotes-there s madness in his method is a series of short true humorous and horrific stories from Chris Joseph s life that can be read together or in isolation. They should give readers an insight into the joyful, painful, but certainly crazy world that he has inhabited where insanity often follows creativity. Whether its madness or genius you be the judge...!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Manicdotes covers topics ranging from the banking system (topical at the moment), the jet-set / executive lifestyle and celebrity to mental illness. The reader encounters celebrities including George Best and the ex-MI5 'whistleblower' David Shayler, with the setting of the opening chapter moving from the House of Lords to Stringfellows - needless to say, there are a few beautiful women thrown into the mix. Throughout the various twists and turns, the author tells his story with great candour and the book moves seemlessly from moments of despair to triumph against ill-health, tragedy and powerful forces such as corporate financial and business organisations. The author uses his powerful creative mind to set up a successful advertising agency, though he later goes from riches to rags through some cruel twists of fate. For the more rebellious reader there are some good lessons in direct action, which have forced some of powerful actors to change their ways.

The book reads really well and each chapter is a self-contained story which can be read in bite-sized 15-20 minute chunks, whilst there are some amusing pictures like nick the scapegoat - you'll have to read it to understand...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mad if you don't enjoy Manicdotes 24 Sep 2008
Chris worked for me at Gilbert Doyle Advertising in London and from the first moment we met you could see and hear his unique creative talents. He was fun to work with (I think he learnt a lot from me as one of his first mentors)and I was delighted to hear about his book. I have never reviewed a book before but needless to say I have really enjoyed typing the ultimate accolades; "you will be missing out if you don't read it"
"It is really funny, shockingly honest, deeply moving, delightful, heartbreaking and bizarrely educational" "Buy the book and get your friends to buy one too".

Ralph Doyle-Gilbert Doyle Adventis-London.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Manicdotes, the antidote to a dull afternoon 29 Nov 2008
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Manicdotes Chris Joseph

This is the autobiography of one of the most exciting and unusual advertising men of the century. Few people are sufficiently out of touch with the real world to be unaware of his work. From the Rabbit logo for international telephones, to the early orange campaigns, the Hook advertising agency, SAFE banking campaigns and the publicity that surrounded Mark Shayler M15 whistle-blower.

Manicdotes is a success story of how bipolar disorder and an extraordinary talent combine into the creative genius that is Chris Joseph, from his missing arm to his irrepressible humour. This is a handbook for advertising executives and manic-depressives everywhere, and nowhere better describes the spectacular abilities and sheer exuberance of bipolar disorder.

The theme of this book is creativity, of taking ideas and making them happen. It tells a story, not so much of succeeding against the odds, rather of changing the odds for pitching success. In other words, Make it happen!

This book made me laugh, cry and inspired me to write this review. This book is fun! Chris Joseph's strength, determination and unsentimental approach to misfortune and setbacks from losing his arm to breaking his back, shows how close one man can come to being to indestructible. This book shows that with courage, persistence and humour, the little guy can win every time.

This book will appeal to people in advertising, Chris Joseph is a home-grown Gossage, to people with bipolar disorder, you will wish you were more like him and to everyone who likes to enjoy life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh at the Devil 28 Feb 2010
This book is not only a thoroughly entertaining read it is an example of how to use humour to laugh at adversity.
I met Chris Joseph about 14 years ago and shared some of the adventures chronicled in the banking section. He was an inspiration and I soon found myself dressed as a vicar outside Barclays AGM preaching to shareholders that they should sell their shares and not their souls. There were hoards of depressed businessmen and women who were helped by Chris who had more reason to feel depressed than any of them.
In this book Chris refers to some of the events that have shaped his life. If you are feeling low read this book it will lift your spirits. Read, enjoy and you will finish smiling.
Then wait for his next one because without doubt there is more to come from this man.

Bob Gaught
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