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  • Readers of Clare's game-changing memoir . . . will be struck by the fact that a mind so recently dominated by straight-to-DVD fantasies is now capable of reflecting on them with so much gentle wisdom and acute self-awareness. And in such beautiful, witty prose

    Helen Brown, Daily Telegraph
  • A shattering journey . . . remarkable

    Sheena Joughin, Times Literary Supplement
  • I loved Heavy Light: its honesty, its questing intelligence. I loved Clare's openness to the stories of others - seeking to understand, not to judge . . . Although he has nothing but praise for the carers who helped him through, his description of our threadbare mental health services, and the inhuman pressures on those who work in them, is heart-breaking. We have to do better

    Julian Sheather, British Medical Journal
  • What a gift...having such an articulate agent, reporting back from the far edges of the mind

    Megan Agnew, Sunday Times
  • Clare is a wildly endearing narrator of his own turmoil . . . [his] is a persuasive argument not only against chemical answers to his own illness, but also against the hasty (and often permanent) way individuals are labelled with diagnostic categories

    Brian Dillon, Financial Times
  • Hard-hitting but tender-hearted . . . Clare thoughtfully and determinedly seeks to challenge the status-quo on treatment for mental health conditions

    Hannah Millington, Independent
  • Compelling, beautifully-written and utterly devastating. A balm in itself

    Katie Law, Evening Standard
  • Clare brilliantly describes his mania... But he has a wider purpose here. Following his discharge from hospital Clare sets out to explore alternatives to the lifetime of terrifyingly strong medication he has been prescribed

    Stephanie Cross, Lady
  • A beautiful, unflinchingly honest book about madness, mania, parenting, surviving and, above all, love and its power to heal us

    Rachel Clarke, author of Dear Life and Breathtaking
  • A brave, lit-up account of going mad and getting better, that forensically tracks the footprints of both journeys towards a settlement with the self

    Jeanette Winterson

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