Madness is a real world for the many thousands of people who are right now living within it. It never apologises. Sometimes it is a shadow, ever present, without regard for the sun. Sometimes it is a well of dark water with no bottom, or a levitation device to the stars.
Madness, a memoir is an insight into what it’s like to live with psychosis over a period of ten years, in which bouts of acute illness are interspersed with periods of sanity. The world is beautiful and terrifying and sometimes magical. The sanctity of life is at times precious and at times precarious and always fragile. It’s a story of learning to manage illness with courage and creativity, of achieving balance and living well. It is for everyone now living within the world of madness, for everyone touched by this world, and for everyone seeking to further his or her understanding of it, whether you think of madness as a biological illness of the brain or an understandable part of the continuum of the human condition.
- Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Non-fiction Prize 2014
- Nita B Kibble Awards – first published work award winner 2014
- Shortlisted for Biography of the Year, ABIA Awards 2014
- Shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards Non-fiction Book Award 2013
- Australian Book Design Awards – Non-fiction book winner 2014
- Australian Book Design Awards – Non-fiction book shortlist 2015
Publisher: Andrea McNamara, Penguin Books Australia.
Cover designs: Allison Colpoys and Alex Ross.
- Readings Books Melbourne
- Gleebooks Sydney
- e-book via Amazon
- e-book via Google Books
“Astonishingly brilliant, brave and lucid.” Stephanie Dowrick January 2014
“A powerful and ground-breaking memoir.” Writers Victoria May 2014
“This is a mysteriously beautiful book. It is mellowed by its love of literature, art and music (“they provide sustenance”) and its uncanny ability to find solace. It tells one story with such insight and honesty that it will shed light in the dark corners of lives that have only sanity to bear.” The Age April 6, 2013
“Journey Through a Dazzling Mind…Her powerhouse prose gives you immense insight.” Herald Sun March 23, 2013
“The narrative combines notes kept during episodes of illness, giving a visceral experience of what it is like to be mad, with more connected, reflective and analytical passages….Through it all, she has kept her intelligence and her zest for living..she is a gifted writer and storyteller, so that this book, despite its painful content, is a joy to read.” The Courier Mail March 2, 2013
“The author has written bravely and brilliantly about her experience with mental illness…the narrative is transfixing.” The Australian March 23, 2013
“Kate Richards is a medical doctor now working in research, and a gifted writer whose book Madness: A Memoir offers amazing insight into the harsh world of mental illness from her own perspective. Everyone should read this book.” Jon Faine, ABC Radio, February 15, 2013.