Sane New World- Ruby Wax

Books, People

sane new world

‘When you get to the end of your rope. Tie a knot and hang on.’ – Franklin D. Roosevelt

I promised a separate review on Ruby Wax’s book as it deserves one. I feel, (correct me please if you think I’m wrong), that mental health and well-being  is completely underestimated and neglected in society.

So how the hell do we address the issue? Individual responsibility? Education? Change in attitude? Awareness and media coverage? Change in policy? All of the above perhaps.

This is why I feel that Ruby Wax, her show, her book and public presence is doing something so fundamentally important as it works on these actions simultaneously. It’s candidly written from intense and dark personal experience, so rings painfully true at points and she doesn’t hold back which allows the reader to fully accept the reality for those living with mental health illnesses.

Once on board you are given, the fascinating and eye-opening facts about the brain and how it functions, how mental health issues develop and why it is so difficult to over come. What I found most intriguing is the section about mindfulness based cognitive therapy. The way it helped Ruby herself, how it is always accessible and completely in control of the individual and the potential positive impact it could have for those suffering. Though it may be a constant battle with yourself, its curiously simple and easy to start.

This is essential reading, not least because it is peppered with Ruby’s unmistakably candid humour. It is a great summary for any one suffering with poor mental health, who knows someone with mental health issues or those just curious to understand better.

Also check out her TED Talk and UK tour of Sane New World, links below:




Goldfinch- Donna Tartt


Image‘Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away’- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I love this book. It is long. So very long. However, it is magic. Donna Tartt did something special with Goldfinch. Difficult to express exactly how but reading it showed me to the possibilities of language and transfer of emotion that I was skeptical even existed. How she conveys New York, having just visited, is breathtaking. In particular how she captures how Theo feels about Pippa was something that stuck with me. The madness, the self indulgence, the self pity, the hopeful expectation and disappointment and frustration.

‘But the thought of her gave me such continual anguish that I could no more forget her than an aching toothache. It was involuntary, hopeless, compulsive’

‘-a love more binding than physical affection, some tar-pit of the soul where I might flop around and malinger for years’

‘She was the missing kingdom, the unbruised part of myself I’d lost with my mother’

‘We belonged together, there was a dream rightness and magic to it, inarguable; the thought of her flooded every corner of my mind with light and poured brightness into miraculous lofts I hadn’t even known were there’

The misguided addiction, desperation… captured so beautifully that you feel it yourself.

I could go on but read the book yourself and hopefully you will see what I mean. To draw that out of a reader is no small task. Its the first book I’ve read that made me want to write.