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The bullet : a memoir

ISBN: 9781783785049
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Granta (UBD)
Origin: GB
Release Date: July, 2024

Book Details

In August 2014, Tom Lee and his parents drove out to visit Severalls Hospital, a former in-patient psychiatric hospital. Closed since the 1990s, as part of a nationwide shuttering of psychiatric institutions, the buildings now stand derelict and overgrown. But in the recent past, the name ‘Severalls’ resounded with dread & fear, entering local lexicon as a place where the strange, deranged and dangerous were ‘kept away’. Among those strange, deranged and dangerous people were Tom’s own parents. The Bullet is a memoir of their time in Severalls & the breakdowns & difficulties that led them there, often against their will. It is also Tom’s own story of his struggle with his fragmenting mental health, a hereditary bullet he believed he’d dodged and the extraordinary physical crises that precipitated them. Deeply moving, clear-sighted and enormously poignant, The Bullet is a window onto the treatment of mental health disorders in the UK, and a searing analysis of living with a fracturing mind.