Mrs. J. Davison

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (17 of 18)
Location: West Yorkshire, UK
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,206,536 - Total Helpful Votes: 17 of 18
Too Much Anger, Too Many Tears: A Personal Triumph&hellip by Janet Gotkin
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is very special to me. I first read it back in the Seventies when I had only just managed to extricate myself from the mental health system after five years of damaging psychiatric treatment. This moving, powerful and insightful book is one which I'm sure many of us who have been caught up in the mental health system can relate to. It is well worth reading by anyone who genuinely wants to understand how it can feel to be labelled and subjected to soul-destroying treatments, and also what it's like to live with someone treated in this way. The Gotkins write about experiences which took place a long time ago, but this book still has a lot to teach mental health workers today.
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
This is a beautifully-written novel, gripping throughout. My only gripe is that the twist at the end didn't work for me: too contrived and implausible. Nonetheless, I would highly recommend this novel. The powerful depiction of suffering through injustice of the young Roseanne, and her dignity as an old woman trying to recall and make sense of her past, is moving and unforgetable.
Listening in: A Novel of Therapy and Real Life by Kevin Chandler
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read., 1 Jun 2009
'Listening In' is a novel that made me feel I was doing just that: listening in on the fascinating world of therapy/counselling, and on the lives and thoughts of Patrick and the other characters. I found it to be not only a compelling read but full of insights and issues that made me think. It is a book that lingers for being both thought-provoking and entertaining.