Martin Sturrock desperately needs a psychiatrist. The problem? He is one. Emily is a traumatised burns victim and Arta, a Kosovan refugee recovering from a rape. David Temple is a longterm depressive, while the Rt Hon Ralph Hall MP lives in terror of his drink problem being exposed. Very different Londoners, but they share one thing: every week they spend an hour at the Prince Regent hospital, revealing the secrets of their psyche to Professor Martin Sturrock.Little do they know that Sturrock's own mind is not the reassuring place they believe it to be. For years, he has hidden in his work, ignoring his demons. But now his life is falling apart, and as his ghosts come back to haunt him, the only person he can turn to is a patient. Set over a life-changing weekend, Alastair Campbell's astonishing first novel delves deep into the human mind to create a gripping portrait of the strange dependency between patient and doctor. Both a comedy and tragedy of ordinary lives, it is rich in compassion for those whose days are spent on the edge of the abyss.
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'A most vivid portrait of the darkness of mental illness, yet ultimately life-affirming rather than depressing' -- Scotland on Sunday, November 2, 2008
'A serious subject adddressed with compassion, intelligence and sensitivity...this is an emotionally engaging and thought-provoking book' -- The Times, November 1, 2008
'An extraordinarily open and brave novel about weakness...its power comes from a clearly articulated insight into the darker workings of the human mind' -- Mirror, November 1, 2008
'Campbell knows his business, which is telling well-paced and compelling stories...the novel succeeds because of the clarity of his reporter's prose' -- Financial Times, November 1, 2008
'One of the few books that has brought me close to tears in places, yet it is surprisingly uplifting and often very funny' -- Mail on Sunday, November 2, 2008
'A brilliant debut novel ... a compelling and unforgettable experience' -- Stephen Fry
'A moving and compelling story ... authentic and impressive' -- Nicholas Coleridge
'I loved this book' -- Anne Robinson
`...Extremely absorbing, moving and compassionate portrayal of ordinary human beings exhibiting extraordinary courage in challenging circumstances...If Campbell writes more novels, I'll certainly read them...' -- Christina Patterson, INDEPENDENT, 31/10/08
'An extraordinarily open and brave novel about weakness...its power comes from a clearly articulated insight into the darker workings of the human mind'
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Book Description Hutchinson, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0091925789