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Sue Anderson One Mind's Manifesto


A cut-through insight into the unseen generational impact of war, family dysfunction, ill-health and baggage told with lacerating humour by a tradie and university graduate, who should, by rights, be dead.

One Mind’s Manifesto talks to the experience of us all, for all are shaped by ancestral ghosts. It unflinchingly tells of being gifted a hard and unlikely life, the generational legacy of war on those seemingly unaffected, of prescription drug addiction, of inherited bipolar, and of life’s bad choices which result from damage.
Then, embracing pain as friend and reconciling difference, One Mind’s Manifesto maps out a non-inevitable future and pathway to health.

Sue Anderson’s marvellous memoir is colorful and well written. The account of her whole life is engaging but of special interest is the story of her upbringing in a family plagued by mental illness, and then her own experience of bipolar disorder. The portrayal of mental illness is a vivid revelation of its impact on the life of an individual, and most instructive for lay persons and professionals alike.

Professor Allan Fels AO, Chair,

National Mental Health Commission (Australia)

Part memoir, part verse autobiography as well as a manifesto for life, One Mind’s Manifesto is a tour de force.  Written by a self-described ’outlier,’ different parts will resonate with different readers.
Sue provides an honest portrayal of finding strength in, and acceptance of, what makes each person unique, even through experiences of mental ill-health and damaging relationships. It is ultimately life-affirming and urges readers to ’dig deep into our own stories’ in order to understand the experiences of others.

Professor Bernadette McSherry, 

Foundation Director, Melbourne Social Equity Institute

University of Melbourne

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