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Publisher Description

As a newborn, January sleeps for only 20 minutes at a time. As a one-year-old she speaks in complete sentences. At two she asks about negative numbers. By three she has literally hundreds of imaginary friends. All the signs suggest she's gifted. But when her baby brother Bodhi arrives January's behaviour becomes increasingly violent, her never-ending delusions and hallucinations interspersed with paroxysms of rage that eventually force her parents to live in separate adjoining apartments. This harrowing memoir is the desperate story of Michael's mission to find out what is wrong with his highly intelligent daughter. As he does the rounds of child psychologists, doctors and locked hospital wards, the author provides an unflinchingly honest account of parenting, as well as an indictment of the lack of care for children with severe mental illness. But above all, January First shows the passionate dedication of a father who refuses to give up on his little girl even as her behaviour becomes ever more alien.

Biographies & Memoirs
1 September
Hardie Grant Books
Hardie Grant books PTY Ltd

Customer Reviews

A Sister of an Ice Addict ,

Couldn't put it down !!

All the best to you and your family Michael . Would love to know how Jani is doing now? An amazing story of the struggle, the fight to keep going, strength, family and the love for your daughter.

Jakeah ,

Great read

What a beautifully raw and emotional account of life with a special needs child. Absolutely amazing. Loved it

mandyinperth ,

January First

I never understood what schizophrenia was really about, the process of diagnosis and the struggle the individual and the parents go through. This book is a must read to those who want to understand it better. Well written & an easy read.

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