Friday 21 October 2022

I Don't Talk To Dead Bodies by Dr Rhona Morrison BLOG TOUR #IDon'tTalkToDeadBodies #DrRhonaMorrison @RandomTTours #BookReview


Prepare to be intrigued, amazed and astonished as you join Dr Rhona Morrison on an often funny, and at times downright bizarre, thought-provoking and eye-opening rollercoaster ride through some of the most curious encounters of her career as a leading forensic psychiatrist. 

Delve into the minds of real people, whose actions may shock and stun you, but who's stories have the power to challenge your assumptions and the stigma that surrounds mental illness. 

Travel directly into their living rooms and see behind the closed doors of hospitals, prisons and court rooms. 

Lift the lid on Dr Morrison's jaw-dropping experiences with murderers, stalkers and other dangerous offenders as she attempts to make sense of some highly unusual situations. 

Discover the true stories of the inspiring human beings who are bravely learning to live with major mental illness. 

'I don't talk to dead bodies' shines a powerful, emotional and surprisingly moving spotlight on the fascinating life of a forensic psychiatrist and the people she works with. 

It goes beyond the sensationalist headlines to show you just what happens in a world where mental illness occasionally makes good people do bad things.

I Don't Talk To Dead Bodies by Dr Rhona Morrison was published on 15 September 2022 by Right Book Press. My thanks to the author who sent my copy for review as part of this #RandomThingsTours Blog Tour 

I have had an interest in forensic psychiatry for many years. I spent almost ten years working in a high-security forensic psychiatric hospital and have always been fascinated by the way that the human brain works. Why do some people commit terrible crimes, yet others with similar mental health issues do not? The questions are endless, and often unanswerable,

Dr Rhona Morrison's memoir is a fascinating and compassionate look at humanity. She details her early life and how the care of her young sister Vivienne, who had multiple health issues, inspired her decision to go on and try to help others. She discusses her training days, her personal relationships and then her career. Throughout, we are assured that Morrison made her life decisions in order to help those who most need it, and who are often those who are failed miserably by the system. 

Despite the seriousness of the nature of many of the crimes committed by the patients in this book, Morrison writes with a touch of humour and wit that is very welcome at times. There are some very disturbing cases talked about, some that are actually heart breaking and all dealt with compassionately and with such empathy from the author. 

Reading this book makes the reader really think about mental illness, and how it is perceived by the general public, and not least, by the media. All too often we are led to believe that people who do terrible things, are terrible, evil people. Morrison shines another light, a more understanding and constructive way to look at things, and to hopefully try to understand. 

A brilliantly written book,  by a woman who truly cares and who has dedicated her life to ensure that the most vulnerable in society are not overlooked.  Recommended.

Dr Rhona Morrison is a retired Forensic Psychiatrist, who worked in the NHS for 32 years. 

Born and bred in Scotland, into a working-class family, she has a grounded approach to life, with a generous helping of humour. She learned the importance of being non-judgemental and supportive
through her relationship with her sensory impaired sister, who had learning and physical disabilities.

This prepared her well for working with mentally disordered offenders in custody and in the community, where she often felt humbled by their resilience and privileged to be part of their journey. As a passionate advocate of the de-stigmatisation of mental illness, she hopes her writing can shine a light on this specialist area of practice, so often impacted by negative attitudes and damaging

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