Cracked not broken

When he was nineteen years old Kevin Hines jumped from the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco to what he thought would be his death. As he fell he found himself changing his mind. And luckily for him he survived. Severely injured, but he was pulled from the water alive. He had never wanted to […]

Hannah’s Gift

Tucker Gibbons, lawman, is in pursuit of some criminals. He has been tracking them for months, ever since they raped and murdered his neighbours. It is his last fugitive hunt. After he finds them and takes them into custody he is determined to commit suicide. His wife and child have died and he does not […]

Tamar

ISBN: 9781406303940

In the end, it was her grandfather, William Hyde, who gave the unborn child her name.

It is World War II and two Dutch men are in England learning everything they can about the Dutch resistance. Dart and Tamar will be parachuted into the Netherlands where they will be assigned roles in the resistance. Those aren’t their real names of course, they are the names of English rivers, designations that the British military have given them. Tamar has already been on assignment, this will be Dart’s first mission. Read more about Tamar

Myths about suicide

ISBN: 9780674048225

What do you think when you hear that someone has committed suicide? Many probably wonder why? and then begin to speculate. Some will accuse the suicide victim of being selfish, or cowardly and not being able to live. But for Joiner these responses are not answers. They are myths. He has researched this topic at great lengths, and he also has personal experience, as his father committed suicide. As did his maternal grandfather. In this book he lists the main myths that people use to try and explain suicide, and then he debunks them.

This was a really fascinating book. If a morbid one. It is the sort of book I think I only would have come across working where I do, in a public library, where we get all sorts of books.

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The Secret Life of E. Robert Pendleton

See also: MichaelCollinsauthor.com ; Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind ; Lizzy’s Literary Life The E. Robert Pendleton of the title is a professor struggling to keep his tenure at Bannockburn College where he lectures in English. He is also an author; although recently he has been suffering from writer’s block. He hasn’t had any successful […]

Judging you, judging me

Yesterday at work Bhí cúpla caíllíní ag suigh in front of the desk. Psychology students. And as they were studying they were chatting[1] and got on to discussing suicide.[2] Now I’ve always felt that suicide is something of a selfish act, because lets face it, it is the people left behind who have to deal […]

Hide and Seek

After Emily Callaway’s mother commits suicide her father decide to take her away to a house in the woods to help her get over the trauma. But Emily seems to be getting worse. She starts talking to a new friend, Charlie, and he seems to be a bad influence. Her father David, a psychologist tries to use this imaginary friend to help Emily work through her issues. While the audience is left to wonder is Charlie really imaginary? Is he a ghost or the neighbour’s dead child? And why are the locals acting a little strange? Read more about Hide and Seek

Canine suicide bridge

Came across this from Neil Gaiman’s journal. A bridge in Scotland has been the site of apparent dog suicides, with animal behaviourists unsure of why the animals are leaping to their deaths. They are advising owners to put a lead on their pets while crossing the bridge. “five dogs have jumped to their deaths from […]