Reviews

  • [A] painfully intense, courageous and gripping account of [Fanning's] journey to the underworld of madness and back. This is a brave and instructive book.

    Irish Times
  • This is an extraordinary memoir about how it feels to be depressed, delusional, desperate

    Observer
  • Extraordinary. An account of mental illness, grief, delusions, homelessness, a fractured family relationship ... and all while trying to recover and create. Superb writing on a frequently difficult subject.

    Sinéad Gleeson
  • A spellbinding memoir that should prove both moving and hopefully cathartic for the reader

    RTÉ Culture
  • Wonderful

    Irish Times Books of the Year
  • Told in tight and immediate first-person, and imbued with a startling momentum that ratchets unnervingly, Fanning's publishing debut ... is a significant achievement and should be a talking point in publishing this year

    Irish Independent
  • Fanning's debut book lays it on the line in a deeply personal and compelling chronicle of his descent into depression and his way back out.

    RTE Guide
  • Unsparingly direct, searing and honest ... It is gripping to read and must have been exhausting to live

    Medical Independent
  • One of the most gripping and revealing memoirs I've read in a long time. A controlled and artful exploration of absolute loss of control, an unsettling and at times very moving reconstruction of a period of serious mental illness, Mind on Fire is a beautiful book about a terrifying thing.

    Irish Times Books of the Year
  • Gripping

    Irish Times Books of the Year
  • Shocking

    Irish Times Books of the Year
  • A ratcheting pace, a tight first-person immediacy, and utterly staggering to be a passenger over its entire warped course ... An indelible, ground-shaking account

    Irish Independent, Memoir of the Year, Best Reads of 2018
  • Poignant, beautifully detailed memoir

    Irish Times, Best Debuts of 2018
  • Brave and illuminating

    Sunday Business Post