Barney Norris’s novel Turning for Home and Sigrid Rausing’s memoir Mayhem both focus on family members who are in the grip of destructive forces that they cannot control: in the case of Turning for Home, the heart of the book contains a searing account of anorexia from the perspective of the young woman who is afflicted; Mayhem is Sigrid Rausing’s account of the impact of her brother’s long-term addiction and his wife’s death. Is it less of a challenge to fictionalise traumatic experiences than to recount painful facts? Barney Norris’s debut novel was Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain. He is also a playwright. Sigrid Rausing is a philanthropist and publisher. They discuss the impact of traumatic events on family members with Christina Patterson, author of The Art of Not Falling Apart.
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