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Henry's Demons: A Father and Son's Journey Out of Madness

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On a cold February day two months after his twentieth birthday, Henry Cockburn waded into the Newhaven estuary outside Brighton, England, and nearly drowned. Voices, he said, had urged him to do it. Nearly halfway around the world in Afghanistan, journalist Patrick Cockburn learned from his wife, Jan, that his son had suffered a breakdown and had been admitted to a hospital. Ten days later, Henry was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Narrated by both Patrick and Henry, this is the extraordinary story of the eight years since Henrys descent into schizophrenia—years he has spent almost entirely in hospitals—and his familys struggle to help him recover.

With remarkable frankness, Patrick writes of Henrys transformation from art student to mental patient and of the agonizing and difficult task of helping his son get well. Any hope of recovery lies in medication, yet Henry, who does not believe he is ill, secretly stops taking it and frequently runs away. Hopeful periods of stability are followed by frightening disappearances, then relapses that bleed into one another, until at last there is the promise of real improvement. In Henrys own raw, beautiful chapters, he describes his psychosis from the inside. He vividly relates what it is like to hear trees and bushes speaking to him, voices compelling him to wander the countryside or live in the streets, the loneliness of life within hospital walls, harrowing “polka dot days” that incapacitate him, and finally, his steps towards recovery.

Patricks and Henrys parallel stories reveal the complex intersections of sanity, madness, and identity; the vagaries of mental illness and its treatment; and a familys steadfast response to a bewildering condition. Haunting, intimate, and profoundly moving, their unique narrative will resonate with every parent and anyone who has been touched by mental illness.

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On a cold February day two months after his twentieth birthday, Henry Cockburn waded into the Newhaven estuary outside Brighton, England, and nearly drowned. Voices, he said, had urged him to do it. Halfway around the world in Afghanistan, journalist Patrick Cockburn learned from his wife, Jan, that Henry had suffered a breakdown and been admitted to a hospital. Ten days later, Henry was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Narrated by both Patrick and Henry, this is the haunting, extraordinary story of the eight years following Henrys descent into schizophrenia—years he spent almost entirely in hospitals—and his familys steadfast response to a bewildering condition.

A unique dual memoir, Henrys Demons combines Patricks frank reporting of his sons illness and the difficult task of helping him get well with Henrys raw, eerily beautiful descriptions of trees and bushes speaking to him, voices compelling him to wander the countryside or live in the streets, the loneliness of life within hospital walls, and finally, his steps towards recovery. Together, Henrys and Patricks stories form one of the most profoundly moving and revealing accounts of mental illness ever written.

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Now in paperback, the exceptionally well-reviewed, “intimate and authoritative…outstanding double memoir” (The New York Times Book Review) about schizophrenia written by an eminent journalist and his son. 

On a cold February day two months after his twentieth birthday, Henry Cockburn waded into an estuary outside Brighton, England and nearly drowned. Voices, he said, had urged him to do it. Nearly halfway around the world in Afghanistan, journalist Patrick Cockburn learned his son had been admitted to a hospital. Ten days later, Henry was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Narrated by Patrick and Henry, this is the haunting, extraordinary story of the eight years he spent almost entirely in hospitals—and his family’s steadfast response to a bewildering condition. 

Combining Patrick’s frank reporting of his son’s transformation from art student to mental patient with Henry's raw, eerily beautiful description of hearing trees and bushes speaking to him, voices compelling him to wander the countryside, the loneliness of life within hospital walls, and finally, his steps towards recovery, Henry's Demons is one of the most profoundly moving and revealing accounts of mental illness ever written.

About the Author

Patrick Cockburn is Iraq correspondent for the Independent in London. He has received the Martha Gellhorn prize for war reporting, the James Cameron Award, and the Orwell Prize for Journalism. He is the author of Muqtada, about war and rebellion in Iraq; The Occupation (shortlisted for a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2007); The Broken Boy, a memoir; and with Andrew Cockburn, Out of the Ashes: The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein.Henry Cockburn was born in London and raised in Canterbury, where he attended King's School and received several awards for his artwork.  In 2002, during his first year studying art at Brighton University, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia.  He recently moved out of a rehabilitation center to begin living independently.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781439154717
Author:
Cockburn, Patrick
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Author:
Cockburn, Henry
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » General
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » General
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » General Disorders
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » Personality Disorders
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » Psychopathology » Schizophrenia
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » General

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Product details 256 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9781439154717 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , On a cold February day two months after his twentieth birthday, Henry Cockburn waded into the Newhaven estuary outside Brighton, England, and nearly drowned. Voices, he said, had urged him to do it. Halfway around the world in Afghanistan, journalist Patrick Cockburn learned from his wife, Jan, that Henry had suffered a breakdown and been admitted to a hospital. Ten days later, Henry was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Narrated by both Patrick and Henry, this is the haunting, extraordinary story of the eight years following Henrys descent into schizophrenia—years he spent almost entirely in hospitals—and his familys steadfast response to a bewildering condition.

A unique dual memoir, Henrys Demons combines Patricks frank reporting of his sons illness and the difficult task of helping him get well with Henrys raw, eerily beautiful descriptions of trees and bushes speaking to him, voices compelling him to wander the countryside or live in the streets, the loneliness of life within hospital walls, and finally, his steps towards recovery. Together, Henrys and Patricks stories form one of the most profoundly moving and revealing accounts of mental illness ever written.

"Synopsis" by , Now in paperback, the exceptionally well-reviewed, “intimate and authoritative…outstanding double memoir” (The New York Times Book Review) about schizophrenia written by an eminent journalist and his son. 

On a cold February day two months after his twentieth birthday, Henry Cockburn waded into an estuary outside Brighton, England and nearly drowned. Voices, he said, had urged him to do it. Nearly halfway around the world in Afghanistan, journalist Patrick Cockburn learned his son had been admitted to a hospital. Ten days later, Henry was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Narrated by Patrick and Henry, this is the haunting, extraordinary story of the eight years he spent almost entirely in hospitals—and his family’s steadfast response to a bewildering condition. 

Combining Patrick’s frank reporting of his son’s transformation from art student to mental patient with Henry's raw, eerily beautiful description of hearing trees and bushes speaking to him, voices compelling him to wander the countryside, the loneliness of life within hospital walls, and finally, his steps towards recovery, Henry's Demons is one of the most profoundly moving and revealing accounts of mental illness ever written.

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