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All in the Mind

All in the Mind

Alastair Campbell

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ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-224-1
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Cloth
Overlook
6/11/2009

Product Description

Martin Sturrock desperately needs a psychiatrist. The problem: He is one. Alastair Campbell, critically-acclaimed author of the bestselling memoir The Blair Years, offers much more than a glimpse into the mind of a man who is supposed to be helping heal other people's minds.

Emily is a burn victim. Arta is a Kosovan refugee recovering from rape. David is a longterm depressive, while Ralph is a Member of Parliament who lives in terror that his drinking problem will be exposed. Very different Londoners who share one thing: they all spend an hour each week with Professor Martin Sturrock, their psychiatrist. Little do they know that their doctor's own mind is not the reassuring place they imagine it to be. For years he has hidden in his work, ignoring his demons. But now his life is falling apart, and the only person he can turn to is a patient.

Comic in many ways, Alastair Campbell's first novel is rich in compassion. It is utterly gripping in its portrait of the human mind.

Praise for All in the Mind:
"A skillful and compelling debut novel...Campbell s characters are fully formed people sharply observed and nicely nuanced...Despite the sometimes brutal subject matter, the many moments of kindness and hope make this a strong first novel providing much catharsis in its own right." —Publishers Weekly

"An extraordinarily open and brave novel. . .Uplifting and restorative." —The Mirror

"A revelation." —The Times

About the author: Alastair Campbell was spokesperson for and Director of Communications and Strategy under Tony Blair. His The Blair Years was a #1 bestseller in Britain and received widespread critical acclaim. He lives in London and has just completed his second novel.

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