Teaching of Science in Secondary Schools

Teaching of Science in Secondary Schools : A Life Interrupted

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'When my father died, I stayed off school to look after my mother. I was fourteen and was as incapable of looking after her as she was at looking after me. She took to wandering the roads and was soon taken into hospital. The social worker asked me if I wanted to be fostered and I said yes. Two years later, in 1975, I was admitted to a psychiatric hospital. That was the beginning of it all: medication, ECT, the locked ward. I've been sectioned five times, in and out of asylums, homeless hostels, squats and on the streets. I nearly hit the end of the road. But then, almost overnight, my life turned round. Sectioned is my story.' John O'Donoghue
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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 144 x 222 x 25mm | 440g
  • John Murray Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 0719520347
  • 9780719520341

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John O'Donoghue was born in North London in the late 1950s. He first became mentally ill in the 1970s and suffered a series of breakdowns. In 1988, at the age of 30, with only three O Levels and an Elementary Swimming Cerificate, he got into the University of East Anglia, and met his wife. From 2000-2005 he was Chair of Survivors' Poetry, a national charity which publishes and promotes the work of survivors' of mental distress. He lectures in Creative Writing and lives in Brighton with his wife and four children.
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'The humdrum reality of mental illness has rarely been so well conveyed ... A triumph ... and a vindication of O'Donoghue's faith: psychosis could easily have killed him ... but here he is, against the odds, speaking loud and plain' -- Blake Morrison, The Guardian 'O'Donoghue is a shrewd observer of people and places and there is much fascinating material here, especially for anyone interested in mental illness and its treatment ... His poet's fine eye for detail is a great advantage' -- Morning Star 'A beautifully drawn account ... punctuated with moments of vibrant humour and a great sense of irony' -- Sunday Times 20090222
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