Here’s my Top Ten pick of plays and novels that look at mental illness:
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: A classic that teeters painfully on the autobiographical.
- 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane: Brutally honest and original.
- The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger: Don’t be a phoney.
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey: The revolution will be lobotomised.
- Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys: Watch Antoinette Cosway become Bertha Rochester – the mad wife in the attic’s story.
- Fight Club by Chuck Palanhuik: It’s all in your head.
- Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll: Trippy and beautiful – we’re all mad here…
- Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf: Some wars don’t ever end.
- The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides: 5 sisters, no fairytale.
- The Comforts of Madness by Paul Sayer: Even the speechless and the catatonic have something to say.
Proof that you are not alone.