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'Completely devastating. Completely heartbreaking. Written in luminous, spiralling prose' – Daisy Johnson, author of Everything Under
My psychosis, for all its destruction and wrath, was a love story.
When Catherine left London for the US with her husband James, to introduce her family to their newborn son Cato, she could not have envisaged how that trip would end. Catherine would find herself in an involuntary psych ward in New Jersey, separated from her husband and child, unable to understand who she was, and how she had got there.
In an attempt to hold on to her sense of self, Catherine had to reconstruct her life, from her early childhood, to a harrowing previous relationship, and her eventual marriage to James. The result is a powerful exploration of psychosis and motherhood, at once intensely personal, yet holding within it a universal experience – of how we love, live and understand ourselves in relation to each other.
“Utterly brilliant: poetic, truthful, frightening, clever. I held my breath at both the power of the prose and the writer's unflinching honesty” – Christie Watson, author of The Language of Kindness
“A fierce, brave, glittering book that charts with unflinching honesty the shift from one reality to another and the family ghosts that – without always knowing it – we all carry” – Rachel Joyce
“Compelling and exquisitely written. Catherine Cho's eye-opening memoir took me into a world I knew nothing about. She communicates her experience with such startling clarity, I felt I was right there with her. Exceptional” – Ruth Jones
“'Triumphant'” – Cosmopolitan
“'Insightful and shocking'” – Stylist
“Inferno does just as the title suggests, it throws you into the flames of the author's psychosis so that you are in there with her, fighting for your next breath. I've rarely read such a powerful account of madness. Gripping, chilling and ultimately hopeful, this is one not to miss” – Lisa Jewell
“Utterly compelling and beautifully written, Inferno is one of the bravest and most beautiful books I have ever read” – Alice Feeney
“A viscerally raw and startlingly honest account of the author's journey into motherhood. A must-read for those looking to understand one of the darkest corners of the female experience” – Leah Hazard, author of Hard Pushed: A Midwife's Story,