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All in the Mind

Written by: Alastair Campbell
Narrated by: Clive Mantle
Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins

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Publisher's Summary

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 long-term 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.

©2008 Alastair Campbell (P)2010 Random House AUDIO GO

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  • FREDA
  • 12-12-13

Totally absorbing

On the surface a book about mental health issues, politics and alcoholism doesn't sound a 'must read', however Alistair Campbell uses his intimate knowlelge of all of these to weave an absorbing tale of life in Britain today. He is fearless in raising the blunt realities of people's lives and never takes the easy route when it comes to the plot. At one point I literally came to a standstill, totally shocked by a character's action. This was a stunning book which despite it's tough issues did raise a laugh sometimes. It's characters will stay with me for sometime and I would recomend it to anyone who has ever had to deal with the effects of mental health on themselves or those around them.

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  • Rashid
  • 25-11-15

good insight into mental health

ever wondered what its like to have psychosis or a mental breakdown. put yourself in someones shoes as this book takes you on that journey.

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  • Emma Stradling
  • 14-01-15

Surprisingly good

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It wasn't written amazingly well but the characterisation was good. I particularly liked the psychological aspects and I think Alastair Campbell has a good understanding of people. I would recommend it.

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  • S.Sugden
  • 19-01-20

Profoundly moving.

This is a remarkable novel. I was unsure of the narration to start with but within a few chapters it became clear that Clive Mantle was just right for the part.
I found this book to be emotional and real. Alistair Campbell presents an exceptional picture of the troubles faced by so many and unlike so many other publications relating to mental health, he offers the perspective of the professional who devotes his life to help improve the lives of others. It provides a viewpoint often overlooked, the toll that baring the burden of others can take on the professional.
I found that I could easily relate to this wonderful novel and delighted in the presentation of the subject matter. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who seeks an insight into the daily struggles of the average individual. It is beautifully written and a truly compelling story.

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  • M
  • 26-08-19

A brilliant and thought provoking book

I wasn’t sure what to think about the book at first, associating the author with politics rather than fiction. A friend recommended the book and I listened to it relatively quickly. There are clearly autobiographical elements in some of the characters and the book uses the novel to take the listener through a number of thought provoking and difficult areas. It describes mental health issues really well and shows that we are all complex and many of the issues raised in the book are areas that a lot of people experience at some point in life.

It’s not my normal book (mostly detective fiction) so the following statement needs to consider this but I can’t think of a book that has made me think about so many things whilst reading it. A difficult read at times. The narrator does an amazing job with a difficult subject. Thoroughly recommended - I will certainly buy his next book.

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  • steven merrigan
  • 11-06-19

Captivating!!

I originally read this book, in its paperback form, some years ago. Having recently watched the documentary “Depression and me”, featuring Alastair Campbell, I decided to use one of my rapidly accumulating Audible credits to purchase the audiobook version. It turned out to be a good move! The narrator is quite simply superb. He deserves an Oscar for imparting empathy, passion, emotion and whatever else it takes to convey the essence of what is a fascinating insight into personality, relationships and depression. Alastair Campbell really is a good writer....if only he was more centre/right in his political views. Alas, we can’t have it all. Well done.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-03-18

Clive Mantle is brilliant

Fascinating story. But Clive Mantle’s performance was just incredible. He makes every one of the huge cast of characters come alive, each in a unique way. Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook

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  • Peter
  • 30-03-17

beautiful

a beautiful book. left me in tears. I would love to forget it and read it again if I could.