Recovered Not Cured

A Journey Through Schizophrenia

by Richard McLean

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  • 1741151341
  • 9781865089744
  • 9781741151343
Edinburgh, 1994 I am crouching in an alleyway. They can’t see me here, so for the moment I am safe. There must be hundreds of loudspeakers projecting secret messages at me, and umpteen video cameras tracking every move I make...They will tie me up, soak my feet in water and have goats lick my feet down to the bone... Melbourne, 2003 ùNowadays I say that I am recovered, not cured. I have a job, I have my band, I have my friends and my family. I pay my taxes and do the dishes; I'm independent. A couple of pills a day keep me slightly lethargic yet ‘sane’. I can live with that.'

Mental illness is common, and often devastating. In this day and age it is a treatable condition, yet many are left untreated, misunderstood. Richard McLean is one of the lucky ones. His words and pictures give us a unique and poignant insight into a hidden, internal world.

‘This is a powerful, quirky and important book. Powerful because it goes straight to the heart of battling a psychotic illness. Quirky because of the author’s abundant creativity – and the delight of his illustrations. Important because it outstrips anything else I have read about schizophrenia for its insight into the nature of psychotic thinking and behaviour. McLean writes with a bold simplicity and deftly avoids melodrama and bathos.’ Anne Deveson


  • Allen & Unwin; May 2003
  • ISBN: 9781741151343
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  • Title: Recovered Not Cured
  • Author: Richard McLean
  • Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1741151341
  • 9781865089744
  • 9781741151343
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1741151341
  • 9781865089744
  • 9781741151343