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Manicdotes: There's Madness in His Method Paperback – 4 Aug 2008
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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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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.
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...
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.
HIs descriptions of working at the Fiesta made me laugh so much!! His forgiveness around the panic of the bystanders at the time of his accident was truly inspirational. His way of dealing with his phantom limb pain was fascinating. His career was as successful as it was colourful and a great read,His writing the book has helped me in my life. I hope it can help you. Don't think twice, buy 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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