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Bloomsbury presents Inferno by Catherine Cho, read by Catherine Cho.

My psychosis, for all its destruction and wrath, was a love story.

When Catherine left London for the US with her husband, James, to introduce her family to their newborn son, she could not have envisaged how that trip would end. Catherine would find herself in an involuntary psych ward in New Jersey, separated from her husband and child, unable to understand who she was and how she had got there. 

It’s difficult to know where the story of psychosis begins. Was it the moment I met my son? Or was it decided in the before, something rooted deeper in my fate, generations ago?

In an attempt to hold on to her sense of self, Catherine had to reconstruct her life, from her early childhood to a harrowing previous relationship and her eventual marriage to James. 

The result is a powerful exploration of psychosis and motherhood, at once intensely personal, yet holding within it a universal experience – of how we love, live and understand ourselves in relation to each other.

©2020 Catherine Cho (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"Utterly brilliant: poetic, truthful, frightening, clever. I held my breath at both the power of the prose and the writer’s unflinching honesty." (Christie Watson, author of The Language of Kindness)

"Completely devastating. Completely heartbreaking. Written in luminous, spiralling prose."(Daisy Johnson, author of Everything Under)

"Crystalline.... A brave, brilliant exploration of madness and motherhood." (Harper's Bazaar, 10 women who will shape what you watch, see and read in 2020)

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Raw and Rivetting.

after James Grey's A million little pieces, one can never be sure if Truth is told. but if it has been told here...it's so scary because , we all have been there in some of these places. the distance between reality and madness or alternate reality is scarily thin. I couldn't stop listening and understanding, remembering my grandmother who had been through several traumas during partition and eventually slipped into a different world. she came out sometimes, but she liked being in this other world we couldn't see. And hearing this I felt I got some answers.

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  • Jennie Godfrey
  • 27-08-21

Powerful, brilliantly written memoir

I burned through this in 24 hours, I couldn’t stop listening. The prose, the narration, the subject all made for a compelling listen. Can’t rave about it enough

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-07-21

Immersive and intense story

Catherine’s performance was compelling and immersive. I marvelled at her story, her candour, and the intertwining cultural education of traditional Korean fairytales.

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  • katrina
  • 03-07-20

binge read

This book blew my mind. I have never read an account of a fellow post partum psychosis survivor, and I highly doubt I will ever find one that can top this. The imagery and specificity of the psychosis web was hypnotic and I couldn't bear to pause the book. My only issue with it was how long I left it in my wishlist, I wish I had read it sooner. Thoroughly recommend.