Inferno: A Memoir of Motherhood and Madness (Hardback)
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Inferno: A Memoir of Motherhood and Madness (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 19/03/2020
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Shortlisted for the Sunday Times / University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award 2020

My psychosis, for all its destruction and wrath, was a love story. It's difficult to know where the story of psychosis begins. Was it the moment I met my son? Or was it decided in the before, something rooted deeper in my fate, generations ago?

When Catherine left London for the US with her husband James, to introduce her family to their newborn son, she could not have envisaged how that trip would end. Catherine would find herself in an involuntary psych ward in New Jersey, separated from her husband and child, unable to understand who she was, and how she had got there.

In an attempt to hold on to her sense of self, Catherine had to reconstruct her life, from her early childhood, to a harrowing previous relationship, and her eventual marriage to James. The result is a powerful exploration of psychosis and motherhood, at once intensely personal, yet holding within it a universal experience - of how we love, live and understand ourselves in relation to each other.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781526619082
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 404 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'This striking story of motherhood and psychosis grips ... A highly accomplished memoir. Cho deftly weaves the strands of her experience to create something striking and original' - Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Times 

'A brilliantly frightening memoir about Cho's two weeks on the psychiatric ward, elegantly interwoven with tales from her past' - Lara Feigel, The Guardian

'A courageous and powerful book' - The Times Literary Supplement

'In honest and intricate detail, Inferno traverses between past traumas and present-day experiences' - Evening Standard

'Utterly brilliant: poetic, truthful, frightening, clever. I held my breath at both the power of the prose and the writer's unflinching honesty' - Christie Watson, author of The Language of Kindness

'A viscerally raw and startlingly honest account of the author's journey into motherhood. A must-read for those looking to understand one of the darkest corners of the female experience' - Leah Hazard, author of Hard Pushed: A Midwife's Story

'Triumphant' - Cosmopolitan

'Insightful and shocking' - Stylist

'Completely devastating. Completely heartbreaking. Written in luminous, spiralling prose' - Daisy Johnson, author of Everything Under

'A fierce, brave, glittering book that charts with unflinching honesty the shift from one reality to another and the family ghosts that - without always knowing it - we all carry' - Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

'Compelling and exquisitely written. Catherine Cho's eye-opening memoir took me into a world I knew nothing about. She communicates her experience with such startling clarity, I felt I was right there with her. Exceptional' - Ruth Jones

'Utterly compelling and beautifully written, Inferno is one of the bravest and most beautiful books I have ever read' - Alice Feeney

'Inferno does just as the title suggests, it throws you into the flames of the author's psychosis so that you are in there with her, fighting for your next breath. I've rarely read such a powerful account of madness. Gripping, chilling and ultimately hopeful, this is one not to miss' - Lisa Jewell

'I was hooked from the very start ... It is at heart a love story, but one in which unimaginable, wonderfully depicted, mental torture intrudes. In sharing this pain, and exploring its cultural and other causes, Catherine Cho does a great service to the cause of breaking down stigma surrounding mental ill health ... A beautiful book' - Alastair Campbell

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MrsElsie

“Honest account of post-partum pschosis”

A brutally honest account of Catherine Cho’s post-natal psychosis and depression and how she ends up in an American psychiatric unit.
The book starts with Cho - a Korean woman who lives in London - visiting the US... More

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“Compelling memoir of post-partum psychosis”

While on an extended trip across America to introduce her new son to her family and in-laws, Catherine Cho suffers a complete psychotic breakdown. Her husband resorts to admitting her to a psychiatric hospital, where... More

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“Remarkable”

An astonishing portrait of maternal mental health and the familial ties that bind us all. Highly recommended.

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