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This is the compelling story of Jonathan, a charming teenager who turns into a fearful and tormented young man; it is also the heart-rending story of a mother facing the realisation that her child is going mad. First published in 1991, this book has become a classic, and is as moving and as relevant today as it ever was. This 1998 edition has been updated with a new Foreword from the author detailing the effects this book has had on society, both in Australia and worldwide; a new Afterword which discusses the advances in treatments for schizophrenia and developments in community attitudes and programs for mental illnesses in general; and a new, up-to-date section on Where to Go for Help.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780140272574

    April 1, 1998

    Penguin

    304 pages

    RRP $24.99

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Awards and Recognition

  • Human Rights Award
    1991
    Winner
    Non-Fiction
  • FAW Award
    1991
    Shortlisted
    Book of the Year
  • Miscelleneous Award
    1992
    Shortlisted
    Miscellaneous
  • Victorian Premier's Literary Award
    1992
    Shortlisted
    Non-Fiction
  • Braille & Talking Book Library Award-VIC
    1994
    Winner
    Miscellaneous