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'Driving away from the hospital on Sunday afternoon I was thrilled with my baby and eager to be back with my little girl'. Fiona Shaw has a loving husband, a dream cottage in Yorkshire and has just given birth to her second child. Ten days later she is hospitalized in a psychiatric unit for severe postnatal depression. In this powerful memoir she describes how the 'Baby Blues' suddenly developed into something much more serious, and recalls the months of despair which nearly destroyed her. She eventually emerged from the nightmare and produced this startling testimony and regained control of her life and triumphed over the past.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781860498572
ISBN-10: 1860498574
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 126mm x 18mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 18-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


UK Kirkus Review » A haunting work about the most harrowing and mysterious of experiences - postnatal psychosis - written with clarity and beauty. In the attempt to make sense of what happened to her, Fiona Shaw both analysed her medical records and searched her past, interviewed psychiatrists and underwent psychotherapy. What emerges is often a shocking indictment of psychiatric practices, while making clear the desolate absence of alternative solutions for this grotesque, self-destructive, wretched experience. In trying to trace the roots of her misery back through her childhood she does not necessarily emerge with any concrete answers, but she does learn to ask different questions. Vital reading for anyone similarly affected. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Fiona Shaw

Fiona Shaw grew up in London and lives in North Yorkshire. She is working on her first novel.

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