A Justifiable Madness
Can you really tell the difference between madness and sanity?
Mark Randall goes to great lengths to get himself admitted to an acute psychiatric ward and, despite being mute, convinces professionals that he is psychotic. But who is he and why is he so keen to spend time in a psychiatric hospital?
When Mark is admitted, silent and naked, the staff are suspicious about his motives.
Dealing with this, as well as the patients on the ward, Mark’s troubles really begin once he is Sectioned under the Mental Health Act. When decisions about his future are handed to Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Giles Sharman, Mark’s life is about to go from bad to worse.
Drugged, abused and in danger, Mark looks for a way out of this nightmare. But he’s about to learn, proving that you are sane might not be easy as it seems…
My rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars
This is a very interesting read. A mute man naked on a railway station platform sets in motion a series of events that results in Mark being admitted to a psychiatric hospital and sectioned under the Mental Health Act. He soon finds that he has bitten off more than he can chew as he finds out it is easier to convince people you are insane than it is to prove you are sane.
This book is a very unique interpretation of the issues that surround Mental Health and the abuse that patients endure in the name of ‘treatment’. Unfortunately it is probably a pretty accurate view of what goes on in Psychiatric wards and the treatment some patients are subjected to.
I felt the characters could have had a bit more depth and while I found the book realistic in some ways there were a few parts that I am still unsure about. However, it is fiction and a very good read.
Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the advance copy.
Author Bio: A B Morgan: (The tartan is Welsh: Morgan)
Married to an overgrown child with a beard and too many motorbikes, Alison Morgan lives in a corner of a field in North Bedfordshire and is making the most of a mid-life crisis. The Morgans are determined not to grow old gracefully or to be seen wearing beige and can be found exploring life through a love of live music, anything with an engine, the sea, mountains, rugby, proper pubs and fascinating people.
Alison has worked for the NHS for nearly thirty years, twenty of those within mental health services, at the front line, where she eventually became the manager of a countywide community service for people experiencing their first episode of psychosis. Much to her frustration, her heart decided to develop an electrical fault, which forced her to sit down for more than five minutes, and her career temporarily juddered to a halt. Not one for thumb twiddling, she took up position in front of a computer with a plan to write a set of clinical guidelines for assessment of psychosis, but instead a story, which had been lurking in her mind for several years, came tumbling out.
With her health steadily improving thanks to the staff at Papworth Hospital, Alison hopes to return to nursing part-time, but is determined to keep writing fiction. Her debut novel A Justifiable Madness is inspired by her life and career as a psychiatric nurse, and her fascination with the extremes of human behaviour. Her second novel, Divine Poison, also published by Bloodhound books is due for release in January 2018.