Your Voice in My Head

Emma Forrest

Your Voice in My Head

Emma Forrest, an English journalist, was twenty-two and living in America when she realised that her quirks had gone beyond eccentricity. Lonely, in a dangerous cycle of self-harm and damaging relationships, she found herself in the chair of a slim, balding and effortlessly optimistic psychiatrist — a man whose wisdom and humanity would wrench her from the vibrant and dangerous tide of herself, and who would help her to recover when she tried to end her life. Emma's loving and supportive family circled around her in panic. She was on the brink of drowning. But she was also still working, still exploring, still writing, and she had also fallen deeply in love. One day, when Emma called to make an appointment with her psychiatrist, she found no one there. He had died, shockingly, at the age of fifty-three, leaving behind a young family. Processing the premature death of a man who'd become her anchor after she'd turned up on his doorstep, she was adrift. And when her significant and all-consuming relationship also fell apart, she was forced to cling to the page for survival. 2.8 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
Your Voice in My Head

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Health & Medical, Biography
Format Hardback
Pages 224
RRP £14.99
Date of Publication January 2011
ISBN 978-1408808214
Publisher Bloomsbury
 

Emma Forrest, an English journalist, was twenty-two and living in America when she realised that her quirks had gone beyond eccentricity. Lonely, in a dangerous cycle of self-harm and damaging relationships, she found herself in the chair of a slim, balding and effortlessly optimistic psychiatrist — a man whose wisdom and humanity would wrench her from the vibrant and dangerous tide of herself, and who would help her to recover when she tried to end her life. Emma's loving and supportive family circled around her in panic. She was on the brink of drowning. But she was also still working, still exploring, still writing, and she had also fallen deeply in love. One day, when Emma called to make an appointment with her psychiatrist, she found no one there. He had died, shockingly, at the age of fifty-three, leaving behind a young family. Processing the premature death of a man who'd become her anchor after she'd turned up on his doorstep, she was adrift. And when her significant and all-consuming relationship also fell apart, she was forced to cling to the page for survival.

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Reviews

The Sunday Times

Kate Spicer

I didn’t think of putting the book down until she started to enter a phase of recovery that involves quoting entire sermons by her favourite rabbi … It’s difficult to write a convincing tale of depression that’s also an entertaining romp, but Forrest has done it.

23/01/2011

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The Daily Mail

Bel Mooney

This memoir is at times infuriating in its knowing, uber-chic style, and at other times exhilarating … There are moments when it feels surreal to the point of silliness, and others when you see what wisdom this young woman has gained from her pain.

14/01/2011

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The Observer

Julie Myerson

As a portrait of manic self-obsession, Forrest's memoir is frank and acute. But does she realise this is what she's written?

23/01/2011

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