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Stranger Than Kindness

Stranger Than Kindness [Kindle Edition]

Mark A Radcliffe
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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STRANGER THAN KINDNESS is funny, poignant, intelligent and compelling.I believe books are like stepping into little alternative worlds floating in your mind and this world was one I wanted to stay in much longer.' Jo Brand. It is 1989 and Community Care is about to reboot the industry of psychiatry. In a soon-to-be-closed asylum a bruised nurse, Adam Sands, is feeling less like a purveyor of kindness and more like a concentration camp guard with every passing drink. Many years later Adam has got used to the quiet life when his past finds him. Maybe this time he can do some good. Even make a diference. But redemption, like magic, can come from the strangest of places.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1173 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Bluemoose Books (8 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GJM5T72
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,647 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mark A Radcliffe Is the author of Gabriel's Angel. He used to be a singer and a psychiatric nurse and is currently a lecture in healthcare. Stranger Than Kindness is a book about the fine line between madness and magic and was described by Jo Brand as 'funny, poignant and compelling.'

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stranger Than Kindness - a review 6 Nov 2013
By P.W.
This was one of those books I couldn't put down. It is well written and this makes it very easy to read. Although I wouldn't immediately reach for a book where the initial storyline was set in a mental health hospital, in this case I was hooked after the first two or three pages. Why? It has a fast moving, engaging storyline, interesting characters and quite a few very funny asides and put downs. It managed this whilst also providing some thought provoking insights (to me at least). Try it, you wont be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I read this having enjoyed Gabriel's Angel and not long after reading "the shock of the fall".
It could be viewed as a collection of oddball characters, coincidence and a touch of magic but I found it moving and revealing in equal measure. The main characters have depth and realism, and the story is thoroughly engaging and despite its dark moments leaves a sense of hope.

From the madness of the asylum, through care in the community and the damage done to many who come into contact with the mental health world, patients and staff alike, to a gentle sense of possible redemption, this is a great story and a compelling read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story 10 Nov 2013
A fantastic read which makes you look at mental illness in a different way. At times it is very funny but equally as sad in parts. I believe the author was once a psychiatric nurse which gives gravitas to the writing.

I do not review many books as music and film is far more my thing, but this is so good I thought I'd spread the word!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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When I started reading this, I feared I might want to read something else in parallel, thinking that a story involving mental health patients and carers might be a tad depressing. And parts of it were certainly challenging in that respect. To my delight however, the characters were beautifully drawn, the story (spanning over 20 years) fascinating and ultimately rewarding. As someone who reads a lot, I'm used to picking up and putting down a book, but this one really did earn the phrase "I couldn't put it down".

Immediately after finishing this wonderful book, I downloaded Gabriel's Angel and read that in a day too - I've found a new favourite author and can't recommend this highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mentioned in a meeting 26 May 2014
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As a nurse actively working with service users with mental health issues, I was compelled to seek out this book after it was mentioned by a colleague, in a meeting.
I found it very moving, accurate and a little disturbing. Being an "old school" nurse who trained in the early 1980s I can relate to the whole asylum mentality, and remember clearly them being closed down and patients being "turned out" into an uncertain world.
Back to the book. Read it, please.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Capitvating 18 May 2014
By Valley
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This seems like a book of two halves and in the first half it is gritty, griping and at times slightly shocking and this is the half I loved the most. The second half is excellent but less shocking and more dreamy somehow - less realistic than the first part of this great novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book , really well written 22 Jun 2014
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Really enjoyed this book. Thought provoking and entertaining. A real page turner. Would recommend this book. It has also strangely inspired me to archive my goal of becoming a nurse and maybe a mental health nurse. Here's to hoping I get in!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not so strange... 1 Dec 2013
One of the many things I like about this book is that it's written about the kind of people that don't get written about much in modern novels. Its protagonists are the kind of people I know so well, and, yet, outside genre fiction, are pretty much invisible. They appear occasionally in the work of writers like Martin Millar, Anthony Cartwright and Jonathan Coe, but they're an endangered species. What happens to these characters when first relationships break down, life hits like a hammer, and first jobs are given up in poverty and frustration? How does life turn out for these people? Just a few of the questions posed by Stranger Than Kindness as work in an asylum in the eighties moves to working against the menace of big drug companies in 2013. A bulwark against Daily Mail readers hoping to keep reality out by burying their heads in their herbaceous borders, Mark A Radcliffe's characters (surely a sizable minority of people in this country) try to change things for the better as they take on their own vulnerabilities and the challenges posed by outside agencies in a thoroughly engaging, robust, and sparky manner. Ultimately, Stranger Than Kindess proves that surviving Thatcher doesn't have to be stranger than fiction.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book of two halves
Good start. Real insight into mental healrh issues. Turned into clumsy propaganda which, however accurate, made the rest of the sfory unreadablt for me.
Published 17 days ago by badger
3.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
I thought the first part of the book was much more poorly written than the second. The layout and poor paraphrasing made all the book hard to follow as its wasn't always clear when... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stranger than kindness
I really enjoyed reading this book, it was well written, easy to read and intriguing. The characters are well developed and I thought it covered a difficult topic very well, whilst... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fiona
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read, kept me wanting to turn the page
a good read, kept me wanting to turn the page!
Published 1 month ago by Cassis
4.0 out of 5 stars Stranger than kindness
A good read perceptive and enjoyable. I enjoyed the characters and the relationships were well defined. I would recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by katherine cross
5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable read
I have never written a review before, but as I really wanted to give this book a good rating, I will just say that it gripped me right from the beginning and all the way through. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Irja Emmanuel
5.0 out of 5 stars Believe in tea
Entertaining and thought-provoking, I found this book totally absorbing. There were times I smiled quietly to myself as I read.
Published 1 month ago by Katie Bowes.
4.0 out of 5 stars Being human
Another refreshing, tender and thoughtful book from this extremely talented author. It is just a magical read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by roy player
4.0 out of 5 stars Good understanding of a sensitive subject
I enjoyed it more than I expected to - it is well written with good sensitivity for the subject of mental illness and the reader is given a good understanding of the main... Read more
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