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    Sue Read(Author) Leslie Morrish(Introduction)

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Sue Read was a "difficult" child: strong-minded, strong-willed and given to temper tantrums. Shortly after her father's death, in order to give her mother a much-needed break, a child psychiatrist recommended that Sue should be sent to a mental hospital, but "only for a fortnight". She was 12 years old and remained there for five and a half years. Much of that time was spent in Ward 19, a locked ward containing the most severely disturbed and violent adult female patients. "Only For a Fortnight" is Sue Read's own account of her life. It portrays her childhood: her taciturn father; her loving but puzzled mother; her years in mental hospital; her gradual, but eventually total, release from institutional life; her marriage; the births of two children and the traumatic effect that the death of her second child had on her. Sue Read is now 34 and lives with her husband and children in Stevenage.

Only for a Fortnight is Sue Read's own account of her life. Written with directness and great force, it vividly portrays her childhood; her taciturn father; her loving but puzzled mother; her horrifying years in the mental hospital; her gradual, but eventually total, release from institutional life; her marriage; the births of two children; and the traumatic effect that the death of her second child had on her. It was the aftermath of this tragedy that Sue Read wrote this powerful book, to which, more recently, she has added a moving and uplifting epilogue. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By Someone on 6 January 2008

    Very open honest account of a young girls experience of being institutionalised within the UK mental health system. Great book:) Although this book is fairly old, it highlights the continuing lack of care, understanding or support offered to those who are deemed `mentally ill`. It would we great if we could look back and say that lessons have been learned; sadly we cannot.

  • By cinders on 22 September 2015

    I bought this book 20yrs ago but lost it, This is a very true account of what went on in St Bernard's Hospital in Hanwell Iremember my mum telling me about what happen to her there I can still remember the smell of that place which has given me my fear of hospitals.I can pick out my mum in this book. How they got away with it I will never know Ward 10 and Ellis Ward.

  • By YveCat on 28 December 2010

    This book was just as stated and with a reasonable price and postage too it was a great buy. Thank you for your prompt reply.

  • By AB on 30 July 2003

    Frank account of a young womans struggle in coming to terms with her personality. Highlights the inadequate resources available for people with emotionally unstable personality disorders. Although a patient in the 60's these 'revolving door' patients still occupy psychiatric beds to the present day.Shocking for the layman, frankly commonplace for the professional


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