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August 4, 2016






Vince stops taking his lithium when he finds out about his partner’s pregnancy. As withdrawal kicks in, he can barely hold his life together. Somewhere between making friends with a blackbird in the back garden and hearing his dead son’s footsteps in the attic, he finds himself lost and alone, journeying through a world of chaos and darkness, completely unaware of the miracle that lies ahead.
A gripping and surreal story of madness and redemption,about one man’s struggle to reclaim his life and family after the death of his son and the news of a pregnancy. Foreword from Dr Longdon Dr Longden’s TED talk, learning from the voices in my head, was featured on the front page of The Huffington Post and has been named by The Guardian newspaper one of the 20 online talks that could change your life. It has been viewed over 3m times and translated into 36 languages.
Wilven does a masterful job of keeping his readers as off-balance as his protagonist an intense and satisfyingly off-beat examination of a man lost in a landscape of unresolved grief and his heroic fight to find his way back home.
It is a brave narrative that stretches beyond its central question of how an unstable man gets over the loss of his child. It certainly pushes the boundaries of contemporary literary fiction. A dark and original novel with elements of magical realism.
Matt Wiven writes with flair and fantastic imagination.
Vince is a struggling writer. After the death of his son, he was sent to a psychiatric ward. Vince promised his partner that he would keep to taking Lithium as it was an important part of their relationship. He starts to not take some of his Lithium, it made him confused and fuzzy. The consequences of not taking Lithium was a fifty-fifty chance of relapsing into mania. Vince and Lyd find out they are going to a baby. Arguments erupt as Vince clear out all of his dead son’s things from his bedroom to make way for the new baby. A Blackbird in their garden becomes Vince’s friend. Charlie their dead son seems to be everywhere in the house, Vince feels him behind him and around him and can Vince hear Charlie in the attic.
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Published by Legend press

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