Trade in your item
Get a £1.91
Gift Card.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Mary Barnes: Two Accounts of a Journey Through Madness Paperback – 31 Mar 2002

1 customer review

See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback, 31 Mar 2002
£79.42 £25.62

Trade In this Item for up to £1.91
Trade in Mary Barnes: Two Accounts of a Journey Through Madness for an Amazon Gift Card of up to £1.91, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Product details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Other Press LLC; New edition edition (31 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159051016X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590510162
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 14.7 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 968,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By on 7 May 2002
Format: Paperback
I read this book about 10 years ago, and I have never forgotten it. This review is written from that memory, an indication of the impact it had on me. It is an amazing true story about Mary Barnes, a middle aged woman who gradually sinks deeper and deeper into her own madness, and how, with the commitment and friendship of one psychiatrist in particular, she is gradually regressed back to her childhood to revisit her demons, and learn to 'grow' again. This book is written from the perspective of both parties, and is not only a unique insight into mental illenss, but also shows how the road to recovery must be a journey shared, and that sometimes the smallest step really is a leap forward.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 1 review
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
between pills and people 10 Oct. 2012
By Moraru Silviu - Published on
Format: Paperback
Some say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Here the path to insanity is paved with a will to make children but a lack of milk for them and then they are fed with good food "spiked" with nightmares and conditioned that someone's company is determined by withholding physiological functions or impulses to the extreme...In a way the idea is "there is no mother for naughty children".

Reading the book I ended up surprised that the father or another man can be more caring than a woman...It looks like the path to sanity is starting with taking care of the body however nasty it can be at the beginning and it means getting your hands dirty if the outcome has to be some creative brilliance. According to a myth goddess Athena was born from Jupiter's head. Here Mary's sanity was born due to some men who had patience with her. In a way the book confirms what Melanie Klein describes in her writings about disturbed children where the mother is always stuck in a kind of "making babies" mode but what happens with them afterwards is a kind of "devil may care".

Throughout this story someone can realize that the "chemistry" between people involves acceptance of the person as a whole with all their needs and greeds if they got stuck in some kind of deprivation. Some may wonder how long a journey to sanity can take. To be driven mad it takes a whole childhood so whoever is prepared to bring the childhood back the outcome can be a human person nearby.
Was this review helpful? Let us know