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Let Me Not Be Mad


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A non-fiction literary psycho-thriller about a clinical neuropsychologist's descent into madness with an ingenious and shocking twist

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A K Benjamin is a Clinical Neuropsychologist, specialising in diagnostics and acute rehab. Previously he was a screenwriter, spent two years as a contemplative monk and has worked at a number of NGOs, with homeless addicts, with gangs and with children with acquired and congenital neurological conditions. He no longer lives in the UK. A K Benjamin is not his real name.


"Exhilarating ... dazzling ... a miraculous feat" * Guardian *
"A mental-health memoir like no other ... a genre-defying wake-up call of a book ... compelling ... clever humane ... holding back a sly twist for the end" * Observer *
"Let Me Not be Mad is stunning: clever, troubling, restless, honest, dishonest; one of the best portraits of madness and clinical practice I've read. I read it in two sittings. Extraordinary" -- Olivia Laing
"A perfectly extraordinary - not to mention extraordinarily perfect - tense Hitchcockian psychodrama. I have rarely read a more haunting and enthralling account of a descent into madness. An important, profound and fascinating book" -- Stephen Fry
"Imagine a gonzo Oliver Sacks communing with Edward St Aubyn's Patrick Melrose, R.D. Laing and the spirit of Kafka's 'The Country Doctor', and you still won't quite have the flavour of this wild and strikingly original book" -- William Fiennes
"Brilliant and alarming, written with cunning and self-lacerating honesty. The doctor is sick, but his intelligence, his scope of reference, his damaged sagacity could save us all" -- Iain Sinclair
"Blackly comic, warmly compassionate, a unique take on the human mind offering uncomfortable universal truths" -- Stewart Lee
"A treasure of a book. Intricately woven and deeply intimate, it reveals things that astonish, surprise and improve us" -- James Rhodes, author of Instrumental
"A truly astonishing journey into and out of the mind. Not content to pin you down with the intense intimacy of his storytelling Benjamin dramatises some of the most profound and intractable issues in neuroscience and psychiatry. I've never read anything like it" -- Professor Mark Lythgoe, UCL
"Like a meeting of Oliver Sacks and Hunter S Thompson ... this is not a simple narrative of striking cases written by a far-seeing practitioner. It's a turbo-charged race" -- Lisa Appignanesi * New Statesman *
"At first I thought this an exceptionally well written book in the genre of medical story telling. The more I read the more I realised it's an exceptional book in a genre all of its own. Insightful, wonderfully well observed and beautifully written" -- Suzanne O'Sullivan, author of It's All in Your Head
"A slow-burn belter of a book ... terrific ... so finely described, the result has the terse force of a classic short story" * Spectator *
"Strange, claustrophobic, haunting ... a dizzying whirlpool" -- Craig Brown * Mail on Sunday *
"Brilliant and engrossing" -- Roddy Doyle

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