Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of
yCertifiable Truths : Stories of Love and MadnessJane Messer
St Leonards:Allen and Unwin,1998Z3102641998anthology short story extract Here is a collection, diverse in its understanding, that moves between the skilful and ingenuous ragged horror of the loss of one's 'right' mind, to more writerly examinations where all the ingenuity of the writer has been utilised. There is little of the self-help book here, nothing of the 'cure' on offer. Some of the writers have experienced madness themseleves, others have imaginatively engaged with the experience, its effects, history or institutions; some of these stories celebrate madness, delighting in the insights and surprises it has to offer. (Publisher blurb)St Leonards:Allen and Unwin,1998
'Howard Hughes was one of the strangest and most significant figures of the twentieth century: aviator, film mogul, serial womaniser, billionaire, political meddler, drug addict, recluse. His obsessive-compulsive disorder would end up crippling and isolating him; in the end he self-medicated his way into oblivion.
'In the last years of Hughes' life, feeling his power ebb, bedridden and hopelessly addicted to drugs, he lays out and lays bare his history. He loops and reloops the past on a seemingly endless reel in his head as he spirals into madness and disconnection. In stops and starts, his life unfolds and gradually we see the shape and preoccupations of the twentieth century emerging from his ruined psyche - a world of oil, money, planes, flight, movies, drugs, sex, neurosis, fear - a world where paranoia reigns.' (Publisher's blurb)