Recommended books that explore mental health

 Read reviewThe Girls

The Girls

Chloe Higgins

A memoir of enormous power: of family, loss, and sexuality which recalls Kate Holden, Fiona Wright or Sarah Krasnostein.

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On Drugs

On Drugs

Chris Fleming

A memoir of intoxication like no other, On Drugs explores Chris Fleming's experience of drug addiction, which begins while he is a student before escalating into a life-threatening compulsion.

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When You're Not OK: A Toolkit for Tough Times

When You’re Not OK: A Toolkit for Tough Times

Jill Stark

When You're Not OK is an emotional first-aid kit for your body, mind, and soul, written by someone who's been there too.

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 Read reviewUnlike the Heart: A Memoir of Brain and Mind

Unlike the Heart: A Memoir of Brain and Mind

Nicola Redhouse

After the birth of her first child, Nicola Redhouse experiences an unrelenting anxiety that quickly overwhelms her. Her immense love for her child can't protect her from the dread that prevents her leaving the house, opening the...

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 Read reviewQueenie: Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020

Queenie: Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020

Candice Carty-Williams

A darkly comic and unflinchingly raw depiction of a young woman trying to navigate her way in the world, QUEENIE is about identity, independence and carving your own path. For fans of Dolly Alderton, Bryony Gordon and Dawn...

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The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays

Esme Weijun Wang

Powerful, affecting essays on mental illness, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and a Whiting Award

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 Special price Read reviewBreaking Badly

Breaking Badly

Georgie Dent

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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Lori Gottlieb

From a New York Timesbest-selling writer, psychotherapist, and advice columnist, a brilliant and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist's world--where her patients are in crisis (and so is she) --

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 Read reviewFuriously Happy

Furiously Happy

Jenny Lawson

The poignant and hilarious new memoir by the internationally bestselling author of Let's Pretend This Never Happened.

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The Erratics

The Erratics

Vicki Laveau-Harvie

This is a memoir about a dysfunctional family, about a mother and her daughters. But make no mistake. This is like no mother-daughter relationship you know. 

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I'm Fine (and Other Lies)

I’m Fine (and Other Lies)

Megan Blandford

I'm Fine (and other lies) is a touching true story of motherhood: the challenges it presents, and the hope that can be found within it.

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 Special priceBrain On Fire: My Month of Madness

Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness

Susannah Cahalan

Susannah Cahalan was a happy, clever, healthy twenty-four-year old. Then one day she woke up in hospital, with no memory of what had happened or how she had got there. Everything she had taken for granted about her life, and who...

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Reasons to Stay Alive

Reasons to Stay Alive

Matt Haig

Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. A moving, funny...

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Educated

Tara Westover

An extraordinary memoir about a woman's discovery of education, its transformative power and the price she has to pay for it.

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The Heartland: Finding and Losing Schizophrenia

The Heartland: Finding and Losing Schizophrenia

Nathan Filer

A powerful work of non-fiction and the natural sequel to his Costa Book of the Year Award-winning The Shock of the Fall.

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When Death Takes Something From You Give it Back

When Death Takes Something From You Give it Back

Naja Marie Aidt, Denise Newman

An unflinchingly raw and lyrical exploration of loss, poetry and love.

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Lost Connections

Lost Connections

Johann Hari

Lost Connections offers a radical new way of thinking about this crisis. It shows that once we understand the real causes, we can begin to turn to pioneering new solutions - ones that offer real hope.

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So Sad Today: personal essays

So Sad Today: personal essays

Melissa Broder

So sad today? Many are. Melissa Broder is too. How and why did she get to be so sad? And should she stay sad?

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Mental

Mental

Steve Ellen, Catherine Deveny

It's time to shed the taboos around mental health - this guide helps you take control and be your own expert.

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Hyperbole and a Half

Hyperbole and a Half

Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and A Half is a blog written by a 20-something American girl called Allie Brosh. She tells fantastically funny, wise stories about the mishaps of her everyday life, with titles like 'Why Dogs Don't Understand Basic...

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The Noonday Demon

The Noonday Demon

Andrew Solomon

Like Primo Levi's The Periodic Table, The Noonday Demon digs deep into personal history, as Andrew Solomon narrates, brilliantly and terrifyingly, his own agonising experience of depression.  

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 Read reviewHappy Never After

Happy Never After

Jill Stark

Jill Stark was living the dream. She had a coveted job as a senior journalist, she was dating a sports star, and her first book had just become a bestseller. After years of chasing the fairytale ending, she'd finally found it. And...

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Eyes Too Dry

Eyes Too Dry

Alice Chipkin, Jessica Tavassoli

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Reckoning: A Memoir

Reckoning: A Memoir

Magda Szubanski

Heartbreaking, joyous, traumatic, intimate and revelatory, Reckoning is the book where Magda Szubanski, one of Australia's most beloved performers, tells her story

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Fleabag: The Original Play

Fleabag: The Original Play

Phoebe Waller-Bridge

The foul-mouthed, hysterically funny, rip-roaring account of Fleabag, a twenty-something female struggling with being a woman today. Fleabag is an anti-heroine, a refreshingly unique example of today's modern woman. Feisty,...

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 Read reviewThings That Helped: Essays

Things That Helped: Essays

Jessica Friedmann

In this stunning collection, Jessica Friedmann navigates her journey through postpartum depression after the birth of her son. Drawing on critical theory, popular culture, and personal experience, her wide-ranging essays...

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One Hundred Years of Dirt

One Hundred Years of Dirt

Rick Morton

Social mobility is not a train you get to board after you've scraped together enough for the ticket. You have to build the whole bloody engine, with nothing but a spoon and hand-me-down psychological distress.

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Dear Scarlet: The Story of My Postpartum Depression

Dear Scarlet: The Story of My Postpartum Depression

Teresa Wong

A poignant graphic memoir about postpartum depression and the complexities of new motherhood.

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Things Nobody Knows But Me

Things Nobody Knows But Me

Amra Pajalic

Things Nobody Knows But Me is a tender portrait of family and migration, beautifully told. It captures a wonderful sense of bicultural place and life as it weaves between St Albans in suburban Australia and Bosanska...

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 Read reviewGet Up Mum

Get Up Mum

Justin Heazlewood

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The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath

The 50th Anniversary edition of one of the defining novels of the 20th century.  

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