Henry's Demons

Henry's Demons

Living With Schizophrenia, A Father and Son's Story

Book - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
A British journalist and his schizophrenic son offer a dual memoir about how they have coped with the son's mental illness and his long, difficult journey toward recovery.

Simon and Schuster
Now in paperback, the exceptionally well-reviewed, “intimate and authoritative…outstanding double memoir” (The New York Times Book Review) about schizophrenia written by an eminent journalist and his son. 

On a cold February day two months after his twentieth birthday, Henry Cockburn waded into an estuary outside Brighton, England and nearly drowned. Voices, he said, had urged him to do it. Nearly halfway around the world in Afghanistan, journalist Patrick Cockburn learned his son had been admitted to a hospital. Ten days later, Henry was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Narrated by Patrick and Henry, this is the haunting, extraordinary story of the eight years he spent almost entirely in hospitals—and his family’s steadfast response to a bewildering condition. 

Combining Patrick’s frank reporting of his son’s transformation from art student to mental patient with Henry's raw, eerily beautiful description of hearing trees and bushes speaking to him, voices compelling him to wander the countryside, the loneliness of life within hospital walls, and finally, his steps towards recovery, Henry's Demons is one of the most profoundly moving and revealing accounts of mental illness ever written.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2011
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439154717
Branch Call Number: 616.898 C644h
Characteristics: xv, 238 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Cockburn, Henry 1982-


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Aug 25, 2012

Very interesting to get the dual perspectives on schizophrenia that this book presents......from the man who is suffering from it and the parents that have to try and manage it. The father's writing is repetitive at times but Henry's documentation of his thoughts and feelings during his illness are what make this book worth reading.


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