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Paper Cuts: A Memoir

Author: Bernard, Stephen (Author)
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 224
Pub Date: 05/09/2019
Publisher: VINTAGE
ISBN: 9781784707040
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Quick overview A dazzlingly original and hauntingly powerful memoir, Paper Cuts takes us inside the mind of a young Oxford academic whose life has been devastated by severe mental illness. The fractured, intensely personal narrative of Paper Cuts follows a single day in his life as he navigates a course through the effects of mania, medication and memories.
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A dazzlingly original and hauntingly powerful memoir, Paper Cuts takes us inside the mind of a young Oxford academic whose life has been devastated by severe mental illness.

`I have a small line of red dots on the back of my left hand, where the needle goes in. I have had hundreds of ketamine injections, more than anyone else, perhaps. The needle goes in, and the truth comes out. Sometimes I am a child again. Sometimes I have the innocence of a child,but I am not innocent. I know too much. I have known too much.'

With Paper Cuts, Stephen Bernard boldly tests the bounds of what a memoir can achieve. Living through the trauma of childhood abuse and mental illness, he writes to escape and confront, to accuse and explain.

Each morning when he wakes, Stephen Bernard must literally reconstruct his self: every night he writes himself a letter to be read the next day. The fractured, intensely personal narrative of Paper Cuts follows a single day in his life as he navigates a course through the effects of mania, medication and memories.

`Beautifully written... Brilliant'
Henry Marsh

`Distinguished and desolating... The saving grace is the writer's undaunted eye for the beauty of the world'
Hilary Mantel

`Chilling, riveting, extraordinary, wonderful'
Roddy Doyle

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