Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Ten top books about psychiatry

Elizabeth Lowry was born in Washington DC and educated in South Africa and England. She is a frequent contributor to the London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal and other publications.

Her first novel, The Bellini Madonna, was published in 2008 to great acclaim and will be reissued in 2019.

Her second novel, Dark Water, appeared in September 2018.

One of Lowry's ten top books about psychiatry, as shared at the Guardian:
Regeneration by Pat Barker

It is 1917, and at Craiglockhart Hospital near Edinburgh psychiatrist William Rivers is tasked with curing shell-shocked soldiers and returning them to the front fit for purpose. Among his patients are the poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, from whom Rivers – believing that the recollection of trauma is key to recovery – must coax their worst memories of active combat. Far from being a godlike figure, Barker’s healer is attractive because of his humility in the face of experiences he hasn’t himself shared.
Read about the other books on the list.

Regeneration is among Phil Klay's top ten books about returning from war, Sarah Moss's top ten hospital novels, and Hermione Norris's six best books. The Regeneration Trilogy is on William Skidelsky's list of the 10 best historical novels.

--Marshal Zeringue