David Healy

Madness Inc

Our Necessary Shadow: The Nature and Meaning of Psychiatry


Allen Lane/The Penguin Press 332pp £20 order from our bookshop

Strictly Bipolar


Penguin Books 96pp £5 order from our bookshop

Tom Burns and Darian Leader are both engaging men. Both these books are easy reads – a transatlantic plane flight would speed past in their authors’ company. Both know a lot about that most fascinating of topics – what makes us tick. Both are well versed in academic theories about why we do what we do but wear their knowledge lightly. Both have a fund of stories about people they have treated and the extraordinary things that have happened to them, but remain relatively modest in their solutions.

It’s the modesty that leaves you believing that if things went wrong – if you had a mental breakdown, say – all would turn out well if you saw one of them. It also leaves you thinking that whatever we might hear about the difficulties faced by local mental health services, if there are people as reasonable as this running them, things surely cannot be too bad.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • What a charming, candid blogpost from one of our dear contributing editors. ,
    • RT : The first guess from one of my 1st graders was “death” and such an awed, somber, reflective hush fell over the clas… ,
    • Merry Christmas from Literary Review! Hope your stockings were laden with books, and the tree bending under the weight of further books....,
    • Last minute Christmas gift required? We're offering discounts on all our subscriptions (20% no less!) with the cod… ,
    • In this issue's 'Silenced Voices', Lucy Popescu writes of Thailand's restrictive lese-majesty laws and their latest… ,
    • "Gunn was a disciple of the American formalist Yvor Winters, but Winters’s poetry could never give off such a scent… ,
    • Christmas gift hunting? Why not give the gift of being even better read? We're offering discounts on all our subscr… ,