ARCHIVE: MISCELLANEOUS

PASS THE PARCEL UNTIL THE MUSIC STOPS?

December 16th 2008

In this age of unnoticed financial tsunamis, endless santimonious media interviews about credit balls being crunched, excruciating get-me-out-of-here TV shows, parliamentary committees enquiring into enquiries and Premiership footballers earning more than the population of Zimbabwe, it seems fitting to suggest an ultimate TV reality programme that could put some money back into the community.

A fun one where viewers can press a £5 pay per view button to watch senior executives of banks, credit card companies, Hedge Funds managers, city wide boys, Mugabe and all smug government officials be collected from their homes and transported by helicopter. Thence to be transported and dangled at the end of a rope over a choice of three lakes in South West Bavaria. Viewers could become Nero and Ann Robinson for the day in the comfort of their own armchairs as they choose who should be dropped off into a boiling hot sulphur lake, freezing slimy cold lake or for those inclined to spend that extra five pounds, a lake filed with pike, piranhas and man eating crabs. Copyright: Thomas Madoff TV Gameshows.

YOU DO HAVE HAVE TO HAVE BIPOLAR DISORDER TO HAVE MANIC DEPRESSION.

Bipolar Disorder is exactly the same thing as Manic Depression. Shock horror! Booksellers and libraries please note!

An interestingly live and flu ridden interview was recently recorded with yours truly and Iain McNay of Conscious TV regarding the book ‘You Don’t Have To Be Famous to have Manic Depression. An A-Z of Good Mental Health’ book. You can access this via the conscioustv.com web site under the heading Healing or via You Tube.

FAMILY GUY

Currently my favourite cartoon on television. The characters and writing in this show put most of the other stuff on TV in the bin. My favourite character is Stewie, the British accented baby of the family, a delightful megalomaniac who sounds and looks like a cross between the Right Honourable William Hague , Terry Thomas and George Sanders playing Sheer Khan in the Jungle Book. Clever, funny stuff.

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

A new play into London that draws on the angst of addiction and toxic family relationships set out in Tennessee Williams dramas mixed with echoes of TS Eliot’s ‘A Family Reunion’ to modern films like ‘American Beauty.’ Tremendous performances and a giant set reminiscent of Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’. The play captures the essence of a disintegrating family and the idea of people who’ve given up on how families used to be, and how their country used to be. People who’ve stopped pretending things are going to return to normal. The play is possibly top heavy in terms of the female parts being the only effective ones and the male ones appearing disempowered or emasculated. Perhaps that was deliberately intended by the writer. Whatever, it was wonderful to see something so well written, so well acted and designed!

‘BEIDER MEINHOF COMPLEX.’

This is a powerful film and a great production by the same people who made ‘Downfall’. It made me think how little people care these days about anything that is not connected to their football team, bank balance or reality TV show. The only disappointments with this film are that it gets too bogged down in the detail of what the gang actually did and does not reveal enough about their prior personal histories. German cinema is on the up without any doubt.

MY FAMOUS GREEK VESPA

Shock, horror, prevailed all over Patmos during October when it was discovered said pictured above scooter had disappeared. Due to its recent appearance on BBC TV (see earlier report) it was assumed that the Vespa had been kidnapped by a gang hell-bent on extortion. Allah was praised when the Vespa turned up in late November in the courtyard of the groovy Hotel Archontariki in Hora. In return for the owner’s kindness and attention, the revered scooter will now live safely for a good part of the year at the hotel.www.archontariki-patmos.gr.

TAKING LEAVE AND PATMOS MAY-JULY

July 1st 2008

HUGH MENDL (1919-2008)

Responsible for creating the Deram label and for giving me two important breaks in the record business, Hugh was by head and shoulders one of the most entertaining and amusing people I was fortunate to meet.

IF ONLY YOU CAME OUT IN GREEN SPOTS

April 11th 2008

DOROTHY PARKER ONCE SAID THAT GUNS WEREN’T LAWFUL

Owning a gun or a knife seems to have become a designer necessity for many self respecting British teenagers in 2008. In fact, having a gun or a knife when you are over twenty-one seems a wonderful thing to do as well. Soon there will soon be enough guns in this country, so that we can try and catch up with the Columbine mass shootings that occur every month or so in American schools and universities. On the other hand, you may agree with me that there nobody needs to own or use a gun in this country outside that of a farmer or member of the Armed Forces.

I would like to suggest that anyone found to be in possession of a handgun, rifle, or automatic weapon should be fast tracked to the Isle of Piles for five years to spend their time learning how to meditate and harness energy from the waves surrounding the island.

LIVE APPEARANCES

MILLERS HOTEL- NOTTING HILL GATE, LONDON 9PM –16TH APRIL
A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET MYSELF AND THE LEGENDARY DR TONY HUGHES LIVE ON STAGE.

THE BALLR OOM, GUILDHALL HALL, GRANTHAM, LINCOLNSHIRE. AT 2PM ON 26TH APRIL.  JEREMY THOMAS TALKING ABOUT THIRTY WAYS TO STAY SANE IN A MOST INSANE WORLD.

FILMS

Check out the Irish film- The Garage
And the Lebanese film ‘Under the Bombs’

RUGBY

Speaking of which–Congratulations to Wales on winning the Six Nations!
Good to see Shane Williams, Lee Byrne, Gavin Henson and Ryan Jones playing so well. Keep it up! And good luck in South Africa.

ALBERTINES WINE BAR 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION SHOCK!

It seems unbelievable that Albertines, arguably the best wine bar in London, is going to be 25 years old on April 19th 2008. Thanks to the careful guidance of the owner, Giles Phillips, former racing correspondent to J. Walter Thompson and a top mate of many years standing, this bar remains the best place to go for a groovy night out. Congratulations!

Read reviews of The A-Z guide to good mental health / You don’t have to be famous to have manic depression

SIMPLE AS A PIMPLE

February 1st 2008

SURPRISINGLY the dark but wondrous thriller, ‘Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead’ has not been nominated for any Oscar awards – despite top performances from Ethan Hawke and Philip Seymour Hoffman and being so intelligently written by Kelly Masterson and directed by veteran wonder boy, Sidney Lumet. This is a morality play worthy of Hitchcock. But don’t see it if you are feeling gloomy- it might just push you over the edge.

A film that has been nominated for Oscar awards is ‘Michael Clayton’.  A straight ahead no messing about thriller, starring Tilda Swinton, George Clooney, Sidney Pollack and Tom Wilkinson.  This is the best made film since Lives of Others   but not in the same league of greatness. A film that manages to feature a manic depressive without screwing it up and one that keeps you on the edge of your seat for ninety nine minutes can’t be bad. Two possible Oscars, maybe three if you count Tilda Swinton who, by the way, nobody seems to remember is English.

No Country for Old Men is a wonderful film, relentlessly bleak but a great return to form for the Coen Brothers. Am I sounding like a film critic? The cinematography alone makes this an extraordinary film, as does the script and all the performances – the stand out being Javier Bardim’s portrayal of a highly effective psychopath. You will never be able look at a compressed air tank again without touching your forehead.  Call me a heretic, but I’m afraid there are flaws with the script in terms of the Mexican bad guys and American villains in general, let alone the much talked about ending. Suspect though this will win Oscars for best adaptation, supporting actor, cinematography and possibly best film.

Hope the young Irish actress playing the vindictive girl in Atonement shares an award with Tilda Swinton.

JANUARY IS A GRIM MONTH SO LET’S TALK ABOUT LAST MONTH:

January 28th 2008

Armed with a new biodegradable B1/B2 visa, I was able to successfully pass through US Customs at Los Angeles airport in December without incident. This is disappointing news for the dramatists out there but the best plan after a thirteen hour flight.

We were lucky to be staying with good friends in Larchmont, a mere five minute walk from the picket line at Paramount studios. Apart from supporting the writers strike, trips were made to Santa Monica and the Palisades to visit Taking Leave writing haunts and reunite with old pals.  Could not find Henry Miller’s house but thankfully made it back to the Rancho J. Burns.

Note: Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Carolyn Altman, formerly of Portland, Oregon, please alert her to this website.

A high speed holiday was taken in a groovy Mexican seaside place called Sayulita, The Mexicans that we met, whatever their station on life’s railway were universally cheerful, up for a laugh and keen on playing music Loud. The waves were powerful and the marijuana powered Catamaran boat trip we undertook most entertaining – that is to anyone who ever saw Polanski’s Knife in Water. Highlight of the trip was meeting the man who played the barman in The Kite Runner.

Need to return to LA soon to spend time seeing folks in the fascinating area of Downtown and those cool folks off Larchmont. Interested in spending some time on some Amtrak trains and assembling some short stories.

Books to be plugged are: Norwegian Wood Haruki Murakami. The Colossus of Maroussi by Henry Miller. Noughts and Crosses- Ian Rankin

MOVING ON, MOVING BACK AND FORTH.

November 5th 2007

The sojourn to Greece was productive and I can confirm that a new book is definitely underway. It has a two word title, the first of which is Eating.
No more details will be posted about this until next year or when it is finished.

A trip is planned to Los Angeles on the 8th December for four weeks. The first time I have been back since writing some of Taking Leave there in June 2000. 
Looking forward to researching a new collection of short stories- one of which will be based on my time in LA when I was wrongly accused of being a ‘dead beat dad’ and not paying alimony to my second wife nor my two teenage children. This was interesting as to the best of my knowledge I had no children and at that time only been married once – to a lovely girl called Lisa who had managed to escape back to Australia. Try that telling the County Sheriff and the DVLA of Los Angeles.  It took two months to unearth a cock up on the computer and my name getting mixed up with that of Mr D. Dad’s.

 
THIS WEB SITE.

Is there anything that regular visitors would like to see on this site?
Answers please  

 THE END OF THE WORLD COMING SOON?

While the forest fires were burning people’s homes in California, back on Patmos, the island of St John’s Revelation there were three days of terrible thunder storms during which at least seven inches of rain fell. A true but sad story emerged. One hundred and twenty goats had become trapped at the bottom of a mountain. A high sea wall suddenly collapsed behind them causing a flash flood in which they were all drowned.

I am indebted to Ecology Magazine for informing me about the about the current state of bumble bees. In the last three years, the worldwide bumble-bee population has diminished by a third and possibly more. The culprit? Radio waves from mobile telephones. We like bumble-bees on this site. Maybe we have some reservations about wasps but not bumble-bees. So please, when you are in the country or the garden or a park, please switch off your phones and give bees a chance.

 
THE TIMES CHELTENHAM LITERATURE FESTIVAL

QUICK LINKS

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO GWYNETH LEWIS AND JEREMY THOMAS (bbc.co.uk)

Cheltenham Literature Festival 2007 on BBC Gloucestershire Website

I was invited to join the redoubtable and focused poet and writer Gwyneth Lewis on a platform to discuss writing about mental illness in fiction in non fiction. This was in front of an invited audience of about 80 people, sponsored by the Welcom Trust and moderated by Brain Hurwitz. In an adjoining room the Duchess of Devonshire was making them reel in the aisles with stories taken from her autobiography. It was an interesting experience because although used to speaking in public, I was not used to speaking on the same stage as other people nor under the glare of overhead television lights. Gwyneth was very kind in keeping the talk flowing whenever I stumbled.
I tried to get across the importance of humour, not only in dealing with mental illness such as depression but in trying to explain to people about mental health either in person, on the television or radio or in fiction or non fiction. The subject, I maintained, did not have to be shrouded in a cloak of Hammer Horror. It’s 2007 and time we should be able to talk about all this stuff without fear or shame. Anyway, the audience seemed to get something out of it.

My lasting memory about the Festival was how genuinely interested and kind all the staff were. Bravo and thank you!

 BOOK PLUG

The Comedy Writer- Peter Farrelly
Chesil Beach- Ian McEwan.

IN SICKNESS & IN HEALTH…….GET A BICYCLE, OR A VESPA

October 10th.

The jury living inside my head is finally out regarding which work is to be started next. An Olympic Airways ticket has been purchased and I depart for the exciting but deadly Greek islands this Thursday 10th October.

A more detailed note will be posted regarding this journey and indeed the Cheltenham Literary Festival very soon.

Meanwhile a note about the means of transport displayed on this page. My 1974 Vespa was hand painted in 2001 by a young slightly drunk icon painter from Ikeria called Sophie. That is not a place from where you buy Scandinavian furniture but a Greek island famous for Communism and Icarus. Further artistic contributions were also made by Eddie from Albania, Suzanne from Sweden, Yvonne from Amsterdam and the irreplaceable Wayne from Canvey Island.

Would somebody like to commission a collection of short stories concerning bicycling in London?

My other mechanical delight lives in London and is a bottle green Mercedes Estate
and born in 1988. It has racked up 187,000 miles so far and apart from some dubious rear suspension, multiple dents to its bodywork, a non functioning driver’s electric window has nothing wrong with it whatsoever. The interior is large enough to house a small family of Korean gymnasts and the roof rack capable of transporting a couple of hardy golden retrievers.

Book Plug:

Pat Barker- Life Class
Gwyneth Lewis- Sunbathing in the Rain.
ZZ Packer-Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
David Sedaris- Me talk pretty one day.

MOVIES 
Atonement
When did you last see your father?

IS PROCRASTINATON THE THIEF OF TIME?

LONDON AUGUST 5TH 2007

THE TIMES CHELTENHAM LITERARY FESTIVAL

I will be appearing on October 10th as part of a discussion panel, appropriately entitled ‘In Sickness and in Health’ at the Cheltenham Town Hall. Check out the following link:http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/whats_on/event_detail.html?id=1770

STEPHEN FRY

This web site salutes the Great One on the occasion of his Fiftieth Birthday this month. Congratulations and long may you last. Your country definitely needs you!

BEN THOMAS

Happy 21st birthday to nephew Ben. The World needs more people like you.

25th January 07

Radio Interview

London Greek Radio interview  with ace Arts editor Vaislis Panayo and my specal Greek painter friend, Elene Sanicou takes place Saturday 27th January at 2.15/2.30 pm on 103.3 FM.

Greeks, Patmians and ex pats can also hear the broadcast on www.lgr.co.uk

22nd January 07

I love The New Yorker

I love reading the New Yorker for their wonderful cartoons.

Leafing through my latest copy, I found this cartoon about book promotion and for fairly obvious reasons, it made me laugh and laugh!’

ARCHIVE: FRIENDS OF ECCO

PASS THE PARCEL UNTIL THE MUSIC STOPS?

December 16th 2008

FRIENDS OF ECCO Ecco spent the last two months living aboard the QE2. Naturally, she had the option of meals beneath the Captain’s table or al fresco on deck and chose to spend most of her time dozing by the swimming pool. Three weeks into her stay, drama struck when an Arabian ginger cat wandered into Ecco’s new ‘territory’. A chase around the perimeter of the swimming pool ensued that lasted long enough for the young hedge fund manager residents to scream bets to one another on the outcome. Unfortunately, when Ecco caught up with the cat, a bloody furry fight ensued. Fortunately, Mr Toby Moorcroft the head lifeguard bravely separated the warring animals just in time. It then became clear that the ginger cat belonged to none other than the new owner of the ship, the Sultan of Dubai. An international diplomatic Incident seemed inevitable. Mrs Thomas was duly alerted, summoned and given no option but to charter a helicopter from Battersea to where the QE2 was anchored in the Mediterranean. Once there she not only had to compensate Mr Moorcroft, and make Ecco apologise not only to him and Mr Kipper, the Sultan’s cat but also to the Sultan himself.

The next five year’s royalties from Taking Leave have now been ear marked to pay for the costs. It is not difficult to guess the name of the house in which Ecco is now living.

July 25th 2008

Due to her generous pension plan and the astute disposal of her property portfolio last year, Ecco has been taking an excessive amount of holidays. Her two most memorable sojourns have been spent at the Bates Motel in Surrey with her close friend, hotel owner and international impresario, Mr Matthew Bates. It is rumoured that, far from relaxing in the sunshine, Ecco spent most of her time screen-testing at the Bates TV and Film Studios for the part of Betty Davis in the canine remake of ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?’ Her other holiday was a very recent one to Morocco. It is perhaps best not to mention any further details of this trip, especially ones relating to Food Poisoning.

IF ONLY YOU CAME OUT IN GREEN SPOTS

April 11th 2008

FRIENDS OF ECCO

Fans of the shiny flat coated retriever will be pleased to know she has been swimming at West Bay in Dorset, and the Serpentine in Hyde Park. Her prowess in swimming and long distance stick retrieval continues to defeat the author’s less than noble intentions to have her disappear. No longer content with somewhere to sleep in the sitting room or dining room, each night now, she has taken to commandeering a prime location at the top of the stairs. Her request for a nightcap and electric blanket has not been taken seriously by Mrs Thomas so far but I fear it is only a matter of time.

JANUARY IS A GRIM MONTH SO LET’S TALK ABOUT LAST MONTH:

January 28th 2008

F.OE.. Friends of Ecco will be pleased to hear that she spent most of December at the Bates Motel in London and their county branch in Surrey. Her normal one hundred and fifty Christmas presents were delivered over the Christmas holidays and her subsequent favourite activity was copulating with a Labrador shaped cushion.

MOVING ON, MOVING BACK AND FORTH.

November 5th 2007

FOE

Fans of Ecco will not be receiving much of an update in this posting. Suffice it to say, since my return from Greece, Ecco appears to be a little podgy but still her cheeky self. Too much pampering from You Know Who. Ecco was taken swimming yesterday in the Serpentine in Hyde Park. Despite my efforts to throw a stick further than an Olympic javelin, she repeated managed to paddle out, snatch the stick between her jaws, paddle back, slightly out of breath, and stagger out shaking cold and slimy water all over the fawning passers by.

IN SICKNESS & IN HEALTH…….GET A BICYCLE, OR A VESPA

October 10th.

Ecco the dog watchers:

All is quiet on the Ecco front. No return visits to the physiotherapist or psychotherapist have been necessary. Her fan base increases on a daily basis and she has been making increasingly friendly noises towards me over the last six weeks- enough to worry any cat lover anyway. Watch this space for more Ecco news.

IS PROCRASTINATON THE THIEF OF TIME?

LONDON AUGUST 5TH 2007

ECCO THE FLAT COAT RETRIEVER

Whether her addiction to retrieving tennis balls from the River Thames has caused Ecco’s arthritis to return or the constant rain falling over the UK, I am not sure. Suffice it to say, it has become such a concern to Mrs Thomas that Ecco has been upgraded to owning an ACCESS ALL AREAS pass and being able to travel as a first class passenger throughout the house. And for that matter, anywhere else she wishes to visit.  She has also been chauffeur driven twice weekly for the last six weeks to a health farm in Godalming on Woof-Wallop for hydrotherapy, a manicure, shampoo and set and Shiatsu body massage.  Despite my efforts to persuade a local taxi driver to take her to Beachy Head for the evening, Ecco is showing all the signs of making a complete recovery and being back to her normal annoying self!

May 13th 2007

BE SURE TO CHEW BEFORE YOU SPEAK

Ecco the flat coat retriever

Whilst away working at the coal face in Greece, I was dismayed to hear that the Thomas household was visited by Bill the Burglar. Thankfully no injuries were sustained by members of the household, but various items such as laptop, digital camera and a miniature pinball machine were stolen. You may wonder what role Britain’s top guard dog played in these proceedings. Despite barking at every single visitor to and indeed occupant of the house, Ecco on this occasion chose to remain sound asleep, doubtless dreaming of chasing Greek cats.

9th March 2007

Plague of dentistry, angst and bank charges

Ecco watchers (see below) will be pleased to hear that the hound survived a near death experience with a bit of bone lodged in her lower intergalactic intestine. Thanks in no small part to a rapid response race across London to the emergency vets at Wimbledon by a bleary author and Mrs Thomas. I would like to say I stood by while the green-gowned vet performed emergency invasive digital investigation but even I knew when to draw the line. Suffice it to say, Ecco is fine and just as annoying as usual.

21st January 07

A quick word

The red leather desk upon which this is being written has many more coffee cups stains than you might imagine. However one thing you will never see on this desk is a dog biscuit.

A brief note about the main adversary in my life. She’s nearly eleven years old, sleek, fit, black and half Labrador and half flat coat retriever. She is called Ecco and has belonged to Mrs Thomas since she was a puppy.. Without doubt Ecco is the most revered and popular dog this side of the Watford Gap, let alone Western Europe.

Ecco and I live under the same roof and tolerate each other most of the time, well with haughty disdain on her part and grumpiness on mine. Unlike most dogs, Ecco has at least five different baskets to sleep dotted around this residence. The fact that she is often to be found sleeping on my side of the sofa is the cause of many an international incident in this house. Watch this space for developments and photographs..

But seriously I wish to start a campaign on this website for the immediate reincarnation of my old and much loved Ned to return to the planet as soon as possible. Please pledge your support on the space provided. Ned is or was a very extraordinary cat.

ARCHIVE: The A-Z Of Good Mental Health /You dont have to be famous

PENGUIN PAPERBACK LAUNCH PARTY

July 12th 2008
THE A-Z OF GOOD MENTAL HEALTH AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE FAMOUS TO HAVE MANIC DESPRESSION

Thanks to the wonderful Dr Tony Hughes for getting this event off the ground and to Jonathan Naes ofStand To Reason, the anti stigma charity for acting as our hosts. Two hundred and fifty people from the world of health, medicine, politics and media attended St Stephens Club in London’s St James Park. Finally, thanks to Stephen Fry for making such a funny and inspiring speech to everyone that night. 

IF ONLY YOU CAME OUT IN GREEN SPOTS

April 11th 2008

A-Z OF GOOD MENTAL HEALTH/ YOUDON’T HAVE TO BE FAMOUS TO HAVE MANIC DEPRESSION.

At long last the exciting ten pound paperback version is finally available and carries a very handsome and helpful index. This book is divided into three parts. The first is known as the manic dialogues and features live and extremely frank conversation between Dr Tony Hughes and Mr Jeremy Thomas regarding their hope, strength and experience regarding being ill with manic depression and other nefarious things but more importantly about getting better and their amusing relationship as doctor and patient over the last thirty years.  The second part features several manic depressives telling their interesting but wildly varying life stories. The remainder of the book is an A-Z of good mental health. This covers a multitude of topics from what sort of therapists are out there to best suggested musical remedies for depression to the importance of Baked Beans to Bulimia to Skunk to Alcohol and Sex Addiction. This down to earth and hopefully informative guide describes what something is, what it is not and what you can do about it. Best described by Stephen Fry as: ‘Everything you always wanted to know about mental health but were afraid to ask.’ 

Read reviews of The A-Z guide to good mental health / You don’t have to be famous to have manic depression

MOVING ON, MOVING BACK AND FORTH.

November 5th 2007

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE FAMOUS TO HAVE MANIC DEPRESSION BUT IT HELPS BOOK/ SECRET LIFE OF A MANIC DEPRESSIVE STEPHEN FRY TV DOCUMENTARY

Continuing praise keeps coming in for the book from places as far away as Greece, Norway and Los Angeles. This entry salutes Dr Tony Hughes who was my co author in the book and was the man who had the original idea to make the documentary. Next time there will be a photo of him wearing a Father Christmas outfit. And once again congratulations to everyone all round for the documentary being nominated in the US for an Emmy award  and voted by Broadcast magazine as the most creative documentary of 2006.

IS PROCRASTINATON THE THIEF OF TIME?

LONDON AUGUST 5TH 2007

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE FAMOUS TO HAVE MANIC DEPRESSION/ AN A-Z OF GOOD MENTAL HEALTH.

The book appears to be gaining popularity in the US and in particular in New York. A local publication now looks possible.

Meanwhile in the UK, discussions have taken place to change the title of the book so that it incorporates the words bi-polar. Response from the front line indicates that more people relate to the expression bi-polar than manic depressive. So as much as we prefer the MD description, the book title will be changed in time for the new mass paperback edition to be published next year.

May 13th 2007

BE SURE TO CHEW BEFORE YOU SPEAK

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE FAMOUS TO HAVE MANIC DEPRESSION

If you missed the special paperback edition of the above issued by Michael Joseph in March, all is not lost!  Penguin’s mass paperback is now set for release in mid-October.

1st September 06

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE FAMOUS TO HAVE MANIC DEPRESSION/AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO MENTAL HEALTH.

This book was co written with my friend Dr Tony Hughes and was first published by Michael Joseph/Penguin in September 2006.  It is being published in a less expensive paperback version in March this year.

I was inspired to write the book having acted with Tony Hughes as conceivers and creators of the BBC TV documentary: Stephen Fry-A secret life of a manic depressive.

Put simply, I decided that if British people thought it acceptable to discuss colonic irrigation over the dinner table, then the subject of mental health and manic depression should be discussed also.

In the next ten days a few pages will be added to this section of the site to explain how we came to write the book, who else helped and the difficulties and laughs we encountered on the way.

Read Stephen Fry’s BBC interview about the documentary

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