All in the Mind
Martin Sturrock desperately needs a psychiatrist. The problem? He is one. Emily is a traumatised burns victim, Arta a Kosovan refugee recovering from a rape. David Temple is a longterm depressive, while the Rt Hon Ralph Hall MP lives in terror of his drink problem being exposed. Very different Londoners, but they share one thing: every week they spend an hour at the Prince Regent hospital, revealing the secrets of their psyche to Professor Martin Sturrock. Little do they know that Sturrock's own mind is not the reassuring place they believe it to be. For years he has hidden in his work, ignoring his demons. But now his life is falling apart, and as his ghosts come back to haunt him, the only person he can turn to is a patient. Set over a life-changing weekend, Alastair Campbell's astonishing first novel delves deep into the human mind to create a gripping portrait of the strange dependency between patient and doctor. Both a comedy and tragedy of ordinary lives, it is rich in compassion for those whose days are spent on the edge of the abyss.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - martensgirl - LibraryThing
I was very impressed with Campbell's insight into the world of mental illness- his experiences in his personal life add a richness to the characters. My only gripe is the occasional clumsy language ... Read full review
ALL IN THE MINDUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A psychiatrist wrestles with his clients' demons—and his own—in the first novel from Tony Blair's former spokesperson.Campbell (The Blair Years, 2007, etc.) set the bar high for his fiction debut ... Read full review