FSS library books

Here are a few of the books FSS members can borrow from the FSS library. Click here for a full list of our library books on schizophrenia and mental health. Contact us if you are a member and would like to borrow a book

Surviving Schizophrenia – A Family Manual
E Fuller Torrey MD, 7th edition, 2019, Harper Perennial, 528 pages

First published in 1983, this classic guide has been a mainstay of support to many families. The 7th edition has been updated with the latest research, treatment plans and commonly asked questions.

The Center Cannot Hold – My Journey through Madness
Elyn Saks, 2007, Hachette Books, 368 pages

An esteemed US university professor, Elyn Saks is one of the more prominent spokespeople haring their stories of living with schizophrenia on the world stage.
An eloquent and moving memoir with graphic descriptions of her experiences.

Hidden Valley Road – Inside the Mind of an American Family
Robert Kolker, 2020, Doubleday USA, 400 pages

The story of an American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with
schizophrenia, that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the
disease. Their story offers a informative history of the science of schizophrenia, from
the era of institutionalisation, lobotomy, and the schizophrenogenic mother to the
search for genetic markers, always amid profound disagreements about the nature
of the illness itself.

Madness – Stories of Uncertainty and Hope
Sean Baumann, 2020, Jonathan Ball South Africa, 352 pages

A psychiatrist at Cape Town’s Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital for 25 years, Dr Sean Baumann eloquently describes the lived experiences of people with schizophrenia, depression, bipolar and other disorders. With sensitivity and empathy he reveals how mental illness raises questions that affects us all