Maybe I Don't Belong Here: A Memoir of Race, Identity, Breakdown and Recovery (Hardback)
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Maybe I Don't Belong Here: A Memoir of Race, Identity, Breakdown and Recovery (Hardback)

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Unflinching, courageous and written with a crisp eloquence, actor Harewood's account of his psychotic breakdown at the age of 23 sheds stark light on the devastating effect of systemic racism on Black mental health and what can be done to bring about positive change.

Shortlisted for The British Book Awards 2022 Discover Book of the Year

As a Black British man I believe it is vital that I tell this story. It may be just one account from the perspective of a person of colour who has experienced this system, but it may be enough to potentially change an opinion or, more importantly, stop someone else from spinning completely out of control. - David Harewood

Is it possible to be Black and British and feel welcome and whole?

In this powerful and provocative account of a life lived after psychosis, critically acclaimed actor, David Harewood, uncovers devastating family history and investigates the very real impact of racism on Black mental health.

When David Harewood was twenty-three, his acting career beginning to take flight, he had what he now understands to be a psychotic breakdown and was sectioned under the Mental Health Act. He was physically restrained by six police officers, sedated, then hospitalized and transferred to a locked ward. Only now, thirty years later, has he been able to process what he went through.

What was it that caused this breakdown and how did David recover to become a successful and critically acclaimed actor? How did his experiences growing up Black and British contribute to a rupture in his sense of his place in the world?

Maybe I Don't Belong Here is a deeply personal exploration of the duality of growing up both Black and British, recovery from crisis and a rallying cry to examine the systems and biases that continue to shape our society.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529064131
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 470 g
Dimensions: 242 x 163 x 29 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Maybe I Don't Belong Here [is] . . . a powerfully personal exploration of mental health breakdown . . . [it] demonstrates how those in the public eye can use their profiles to try and lever positive change . . . Immensely powerful. -- Caroline Sanderson.' - The Bookseller

'Heartwarming, eye-opening, gut-wrenching. David Harewood's brutally honest account of his experiences in the mental health system should force us all to examine the impact that our past has on our lives. Maybe I Don't Belong Here shines a light on the interplay between race, identity and mental well-being with tremendous moral courage.' - David Lammy

David Harewood: The Waterstones Interview

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Kid Ferrous

“A powerful and heart-breaking story of one man's struggle with mental health and identity”

Actor David Harewood pulls no punches in his autobiography in which he shares the formative events of his life that led to psychotic episodes after becoming an actor, and which ultimately led to him being sectioned... More

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“Brave, moving & uplifting”

Thanks to NetGalley and The Publisher for this eARC in exchange for an honest review.

I would like to thank David Harewood for providing such an honest, open, and raw account of his mental health struggles in his... More

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“Brave, Powerful & Uplifting”

Thanks to NetGalley and The Publisher for this eARC in exchange for an honest review.

I would like to thank David Harewood for providing such an honest, open, and raw account of his mental health struggles in his... More

Hardback edition
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