""I was initially sceptical about how good a read it would be, based on the fact that it focused on caring for mentally disturbed patients on a psychiatric ward! However I found myself engrossed after the first few pages and completely drawn in by the delightful style of writing."" - Dr Claire Riddell, Oxford University
As Cold War Britain cowers beneath the nuclear threat, school-leaver Alan Hall takes a job he'd never imagined: in a psychiatric ward caring for people with appalling disabilities - from deaf-blind babies to florid maniacs. Steel-faced doors, alarm-buttons, ECT and 'chemical cosh' - this is rough nursing and Alan's baptism is dire. Amazingly he begins to view the ward as a haven of sanity from a world gone mad... until a mystery patient comes and goes in the night. "They say the job's a one-way trip" - but Alan can walk back out the door whenever he likes... the door out of hell!
About the Author
Clark Nida has been a mental health nurse, police scientist, human-factors researcher, senior academic and software developer. He has travelled extensively and held IT posts in England, Denmark and America. Now he lives in Whitby, Yorkshire with his head in the clouds and his boots deep in ammonites.