Patrick Cockburn, a globe trotting journalist covering the war in Afghanistan, receives a phone call that his beloved son has suffered a breakdown. Twenty-year old Henry has dived fully clothed into the freezing waters near his home and nearly drowned. This is not the first bizarre behavior Henry has exhibited but it is the most desperate. Doctors soon diagnosis Henry with schizophrenia. This story is told in turns by Patrick, his son Henry and includes journal entries by Henry's mother. Nothing remains intact in this family except their steadfast love for their son and their determination to see him well again. A very honest look at mental illness and also the national healthcare system in England.
Mar 23, 2011