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  • There is no truer writer than John Burnside...[A] searching enquiry into a life: bruised, filled with grace and as plangent and haunting as any plainsong

    Catherine Lockerbie, Scotsman
  • Burnside's memoir deserves to become a classic. Has anyone written about the direct experience of mental illness with such scrupulous observation and wit?

    Daily Express
  • A brilliant portrait of isolation... This sophisticated study of the human mind argues for our right "to continue in the pursuit of whole-heartedness. To be not-normal after all"

    Fiona Sampson, Independent
  • Beautifully written and observed memoir ... an affecting book from a writer of manifest talent; a compellingly readable memoir possessed of a genuine spiritual and intellectual depth

    Adam O'Riordan, Sunday Telegraph
  • This is an extraordinary book and one so honest it scorches

    Carlo Gebler, Irish Times

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