Reviews

  • Exhilarating ... dazzling ... a miraculous feat

    Guardian
  • A mental-health memoir like no other … a genre-defying wake-up call of a book … compelling … clever humane … holding back a sly twist for the end

    Observer
  • Let Me Not be Mad is stunning: clever, troubling, restless, honest, dishonest; one of the best portraits of madness and clinical practice I’ve read. I read it in two sittings. Extraordinary

    Olivia Laing
  • A perfectly extraordinary – not to mention extraordinarily perfect – tense Hitchcockian psychodrama. I have rarely read a more haunting and enthralling account of a descent into madness. An important, profound and fascinating book

    Stephen Fry
  • Imagine a gonzo Oliver Sacks communing with Edward St Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose, R.D. Laing and the spirit of Kafka’s 'The Country Doctor', and you still won’t quite have the flavour of this wild and strikingly original book

    William Fiennes
  • Brilliant and alarming, written with cunning and self-lacerating honesty. The doctor is sick, but his intelligence, his scope of reference, his damaged sagacity could save us all

    Iain Sinclair
  • Blackly comic, warmly compassionate, a unique take on the human mind offering uncomfortable universal truths

    Stewart Lee
  • A treasure of a book. Intricately woven and deeply intimate, it reveals things that astonish, surprise and improve us

    James Rhodes, author of Instrumental
  • A truly astonishing journey into and out of the mind. Not content to pin you down with the intense intimacy of his storytelling Benjamin dramatises some of the most profound and intractable issues in neuroscience and psychiatry. I’ve never read anything like it

    Professor Mark Lythgoe, UCL
  • Like a meeting of Oliver Sacks and Hunter S Thompson … this is not a simple narrative of striking cases written by a far-seeing practitioner. It’s a turbo-charged race

    Lisa Appignanesi, New Statesman

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