- Non Fiction
The Philosophy of a Mad Man by Steven Colborne
List Price: £8.99
Paperback: 122 Pages.
Published: 17 June 2012 by SilverWood Books
Steven Colborne was born in 1982 in Cambridge, England. He grew up in Abingdon near Oxford and moved to London to study in 2000. He is a graduate of the University of Westminster, and has undertaken postgraduate studies at the University of London. Steven's career began in the music industry, but more recently he has worked for a number of national charities. He currently lives in South London, not far from Springfield psychiatric hospital where he has been an inpatient on several occasions since his first psychotic episode in 2007. 'The Philosophy of a Mad Man' is Steven's first book.
by Debra Found
Interesting & Well Written
Steven Colborne, the author, contacted me to ask if I would be interested in reading this book & reviewing it. As mental health is a subject that I find interesting, I was keen to read this autobiographical work which includes details of Steven's struggles mentally & philosophically. The review is a true representation of my thoughts about this book.
This book is clearly split into 2 halves. The first half tells of Steven's struggles within himself which led finally to psychological breakdown. I found this very interesting & my biggest complaint was that it was so short. I would have really appreciated far more detail on Steven's feelings. Steven attempted to find answers in a variety of ways through Eastern & Western religions & spiritual cults. Again this is a subject that interests me greatly & I would have appreciated more detail on the beliefs & structure of these. Perhaps one day Steven will write a work on how some of these organisations did seem to prey on his frail mental health & the damage that they have done, not just to himself but to others both vunerable & seemingly strong. I found it most interesting that it was focussing on himself, & who he was, as opposed to outside influences which helped Steven the most.
This first part of the book was well written & easy to read. Being quite short I read through this section in one sitting as I wasn't keen to put it down. The narrative does jump around a bit chronologically so do keep an eye on the dates at the top of the chapters, they are there for a reason! I did find myself jumping backwards & forwards checking on the sequence of events in time.
The second part of the book I found more difficult to read. I suspect that the main reason for this is that philosophy isn't something that I have had any real knowledge of or interest in. It was, however, relatively easy to read & not strewn with long words. The author is trying to get his thoughts across to the reader & not attempting to show off using incomprehensible words & thoughts!
I think the insight that this book provided was interesting & I am glad that I read it. It is an intelligent, well written book without being too "high brow". I would like to see a longer & deeper work by this author which I would look forward to reading.