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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407080291
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

Before You Call The Doctor



Updated edition of this indispensable guide from Britain's favourite m edia doctor.

Father and son: arguably the most complex of all family relationships. But what happens when your dad is a manic-depressive who paints the front door in the middle of the night and sends good-wishes to Michael Crawford scrawled on a pair of underpants?Martin Townsend grew up with a father, Ron, who had suffered recurring mental illness since the early 1950s. At the slightest emotional trigger he could turn from a loving and compassionate dad – adored by his family and friends – to a restless, dead-eyed depressive or a spiteful, bullying monster. In The Father I Had, Martin Townsend, editor of the Sunday Express, paints a powerful, often painful portrait of life with his dad. From the soaring, often hilarious 'highs' to the horrific 'lows' of his father's three suicide attempts, he tells a story of pain, courage and resilience and produces a moving and marvellously written account of a close family nearly torn apart by mental illness.

  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407080291
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

About the author

Hilary Jones

Dr Hilary Jones qualified from The Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London, in 1976. He is the resident health and medical editor on ITV’s Daybreak and Lorraine, and regularly appears on Steve Wright’s Radio 2 show and Talksport to discuss medical matters. He writes a weekly column for the Sun’s Fabulous magazine, is a regular contributor to Rosemary Conley magazine and still practises as a NHS and Private GP.

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