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The Heartland

Nathan Filer

A powerful work of non-fiction and the natural sequel to The Shock of the Fall

Format
Hardback
ISBN
9780571345953
Date Published
06.06.2019
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Summary

‘BRILLIANT… I don’t understand how a book on this subject can be so enjoyable, but it is. I love it.’ PHILIPPA PERRY

‘Absolutely blew me away… I cannot think of another book in the field that would come close to this. In my opinion it is an essential read for those in the mental health arena and anyone whose relative has been touched with a diagnosis of schizophrenia.’ JO BRAND

‘Erudite, well-researched, and full of compassion… This book will change the way people understand schizophrenia, and that change is long overdue.’ CHRISTIE WATSON, author of The Language of Kindness

‘A truly important book. ‘ MAX PORTER, author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers and Lanny

‘BRILLIANT… I don’t understand how a book on this subject can be so enjoyable but it is. I love it.’ PHILIPPA PERRY, author of The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read

The Heartland is a brilliant, beautiful and bold book. It is illuminating and empathetic and needs to be read by all.’ BRYONY GORDON, author of Mad Girl

‘I have never read a more powerful book about mental health… it has the ability to change the way people think about mental illness.’ JOANNA CANNON, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

‘This is a beautifully written book that brims with compassion and wit. The tone remains questing and buoyant even as we move through lives devastated by so-called schizophrenia. I hope it will be widely read and discussed.’ Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Times

Schizophrenia: whether it’s the associations it conjures or the people it brings to mind, it is a word we all have a view on. How we perceive it – and how we treat people living with it – is at the core of how we understand mental health.

But what do we really know? How much time do we spend listening? Do we truly comprehend this complex and often contradictory diagnosis?

In The Heartland Nathan Filer, mental health nurse and award winning writer, takes us on a journey into the psychiatric wards he once worked on. He also invites us to spend time with world-leading experts, and with some extraordinary people who share their own stories – true stories – about living with this strange and misunderstood condition.

The Heartland debunks myths, challenges assumptions and offers fresh insight into what it means to be mad.

And what it means to be human.

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Critic Reviews

Absolutely blew me away... I cannot think of another book in the field that would come close to this.
In my opinion it is an essential read for those in the mental health arena and anyone whose relative has been touched with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, not to mention the hundreds of ignoramuses (igorami?) I come across in daily life who quite honestly haven’t got a bloody clue that it’s not a split personality. I hope it gets the success it deserves.

Jo Brand
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A truly important book. Radically open-hearted and vitally open-minded. I would implore you to read it, and share it, and talk about it.

Max Porter, author of GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS and LANNY
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I have never read a more powerful book about mental health… incredibly profound and so very moving. It gives a voice to those who are never heard and it has the ability to change the way people think about mental illness.

Joanna Cannon, author of THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP
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Erudite, well-researched, and full of compassion, shedding an important light on the human cost of serious mental illness. This book will change the way people understand schizophrenia, and that change is long overdue.

Christie Watson, author of THE LANGUAGE OF KINDNESS
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As so many readers know, The Shock of the Fall is a very special book and I was interested to see what he wrote next. This move into non-fiction allows us to go deeper with him into this subject area, learning to question received opinion about mental illness and understand some of how diagnosis and medication works. I found it a very accessible guide through some of the current issues and debates in psychiatry - perfect for an interested layperson like myself - that never loses sight of the individuals involved in all these cases. Nathan writes with compassion and clarity and I have already given my copy of the book away and will recommend to others.

Amy Liptrot
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The Heartland is a brilliant, beautiful and bold book. It is illuminating and empathetic and needs to be read by all.

Bryony Gordon
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Nathan Filer is a qualified mental health nurse. The Shock of the Fall, his novel about the life of a young man grieving the loss of his brother, has sold over half a million copies in the UK, was a Sunday Times bestseller and translated into thirty languages. It won The Costa Book of the Year, The Betty Trask Prize,…

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