Mind on Fire: A Memoir of Madness and Recovery

Mind on Fire: A Memoir of Madness and Recovery

by Arnold Thomas Fanning


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Arnold Thomas Fanning had his first experience of depression during adolescence, following the death of his mother. Some 10 years later, an up-and-coming playwright, he was overcome by mania and delusions. Thus began a terrible period in which he was often suicidal, increasingly disconnected from family and friends, sometimes in trouble with the law, and homeless in London. Drawing on his own memories, the recollections of people who knew him when he was at his worst, and medical and police records, he has produced a beautifully written, devastatingly intense account of madness—and recovery, to the point where he has not had any serious illness for over a decade and has become an acclaimed playwright. Fanning conveys the consciousness of a person living with mania, psychosis and severe depression with a startling precision and intimacy. Mind on Fire is the gripping, sometimes harrowing, and ultimately uplifting testament of a person who has visited hellish regions of the mind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780241982853
Publisher: Penguin Random House UK
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 994,173
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Arnold Thomas Fanning's stage plays include McKenna's Fort. Mind on Fire, his first book, was included in the Irish Times Books of the Year and was the Irish Independent's Memoir of the Year, 

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