Recommender: Emma (F4C)
Date: 30 November 2018
Book title: Secrets for the Mad
Author: Dorothy Miranda Clark
The book I will be introducing today is called ‘Secrets for the mad’, written by Dorothy Miranda Clark. Dorothy, who is more commonly known Dodie, is an English singer-song writer and author from Epping, Essex. Clark is known for her piano and ukulele covers as well as her original songs she posts.
Dodie suffers from depression and depersonalisation, which means she finds it difficult to differentiate reality and dreaming. In her book, she openly expresses about her symptoms, and encourages people to not be afraid to speak up about theirs. As a mentally-healthy individual, I found the chapters very enlightening. It is as though I’m looking at the world through a kaleidoscope.
Other than her personal thoughts, the book also contains lyrics of her songs and the experiences that inspired those songs. My favourite one is a song called ‘Human’. Dodie was fascinated by someone at the moment. She obsessed about wanting to know the person and described this strong will to connect with others with the word ‘Human’.
To close off this presentation, I’d like to read a snippet of the song’s lyrics:
Will you share your soul with me?
Unzip your skin and let me have a see.
Paint me in trust; I’ll be your best friend.
Call me the one, this night just can’t end.
Oh, I’m so human;
We’re just human