Where do mental illness stories begin?
Anna’s always had too many feelings. Or not enough feelings – she’s never been quite sure. Debilitating panic. Extraordinary melancholy. Paranoia. Ambivalence. Fear. Despair.
From anxious child to terrified parent, mental illness has been a constant. A harsh critic in the big moments – teenage pregnancy, divorce, a dream career, falling in love – and a companion in the small ones – getting to the supermarket, feeding all her cats, remembering which child is which.
But between therapists’ rooms and emergency departments, there’s been a feeling even harder to explain … optimism.
In this sharp-eyed and illuminating memoir, award-winning writer Anna Spargo-Ryan pieces together the relationships between time, mental illness, and our brain as the keeper of our stories. Against the backdrop of her own experience, she interrogates reality, how it can be fractured, and why it’s so hard to put it back together.
Powerfully honest, tender and often funny, A Kind of Magic blends meticulous research with vivid snapshots of the stuff that breaks us, and the magic of finding ourselves again.
– Jess Rudd, writer & business legend
– Books + Publishing
– John Birmingham, author of He Died With a Falafel in His Hand and many other good things
– Sarah Krasnostein, author of The Trauma Cleaner & The Believer
– Clementine Ford, author of Boys will be Boys and How We Love
– Jackie Tang, Editor of Readings Monthly
– Benjamin Law, writer of everything
– Kerri Sackville, author of The Life-changing Magic of a Little Bit of Mess
“A KIND OF MAGIC HAS ACHIEVED SOMETHING QUITE MARVELLOUS … VITALLY, PULSINGLY ALIVE.”
– Fiona Wright, author of
Small Acts of Disappearance and The World Was Whole
– Kylie Maslen, author of Show Me Where it Hurts