Sectioned A Life Interrupted

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Publisher's Synopsis

'I'd been in Claybury for four months before I was given ECT. I was sixteen. The day I went down for it I was wearing a striped hospital dressing gown and yellow pyjamas. I'd been given the Last Rites.'

John O'Donoghue was first admitted to Claybury asylum with manic depression aged sixteen, just after his mother had been institutionalised. He spent over a decade in asylums, halfway houses, therapeutic communities, hostels for homeless men, squats, and on the streets. Sectioned is an honest and moving account of his experiences. It is also ultimately the story of his survival against the odds, and of his coming of age in a Britain that was changing forever.

Book information

ISBN: 9780719520549
Publisher: John Murray Press
Imprint: John Murray
Pub date:
DEWEY: 616.890092
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 294
Weight: 218g
Height: 197mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 20mm