By Cairns Clery
Key Themes: grief, suicidal thoughts, gender-dysphoria, schizophrenia, self-harm, eating disorders
Cuckoo Club is a compelling, epic novel spanning twenty years in the lives of five people with mental and physical health issues. In a readable and accessible manner it addresses grief and suicidality, not to mention anorexia, self-harm, gender-dysphoria, schizophrenia and alcoholism! Despite this apparently grim subject matter Cuckoo Club is life-affirming, joyful and funny. It presents strange and extreme people as normal and everyday and the normal and everyday as often strange and extreme. Above all Cuckoo Club tells an immediately involving story about people you will want to know more about.
About the Author
Cairns Clery is a registered psychotherapist who has written two previous novels and has published papers and chapters in professional journals and books. Cairns was once admitted as an in-patient to a psychiatric hospital and treated with ECT. Cairns has felt lucky and privileged ever since trying to help other people become a little less troubled. Still uncertain about what exactly makes us who we are, Cairns long ago decided it is really relationships with others, with everyone, but with family and friends in particular, which gives a person her or his truest sense of self.