Mark Rice-Oxley Underneath the Lemon Tree

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A moving and insightful memoir about Mark Rice-Oxley's battle with depression, charting its vicious circles of despair, resignation and hope, this is a remarkable report from the frontline and a courageous call for compassion and understanding.

On paper, things looked good for Mark Rice-Oxley: wife, children, fulfilling job. But then, at his 40th birthday party, his whole world crumbled as he succumbed to depression...

How many men do you know who have been through periods when their lives haven't seemed right? How badly askew were things for them? Many men suffer from depression yet it is still a subject that is taboo. Men often don't visit the doctor, or they don't want to face up to feelings of weakness and vulnerability. By telling his story, Mark Rice-Oxley hopes it will enable others to tell theirs. In this intensely moving memoir he retraces the months of his utmost despair, revisiting a landscape from which at times he felt he would never escape.

Written with lyricism and poignancy, Mark captures the visceral nature of this most debilitating of illnesses with a frightening clarity, while at the same time offering a sympathetic and dispassionate view of what is happening, and perhaps why. This is not a self-help book but a memoir that is brim-full of experience, understanding and hope for all those who read it. It is above all honest, touching and surprisingly optimistic.

 

Book Information

Format: Paperback

Published: 2012

Category: Memoir

Pages: 235301

Dimensions: 200 x 130 mm