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SANE Book of the Year Award
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History

The SANE Book of the Year is awarded to books that provide quality information to improve the lives of people who have experienced mental illness or care for someone who has. (The Newcastle Herald 7 May 2005 p10) 

Winners

2012 winner Sidney Bloch for Understanding Troubled Minds
2010 winner y separately published work icon Flying with Paper Wings : Reflections on Living with Madness Sandy Jeffs , Carlton North : The Vulgar Press , 2009 Z1653914 2009 single work autobiography

'Sandy Jeffs grew up and went to school in Ballarat. She has lived with schizophrenia and all its moods for 33 years. She has published many articles and five volumes of poetry, concerned with the disparate topics of madness, domestic violence, the trials and tribulations of playing midweek ladies' tennis and the mad world in which we live - and some of these have inspired other artists to compose music, libretto and dance. Sandy has also become a community educator who speaks to school kids, university students, community groups and clinicians about what it is like to live with a mental illness. Her home, with friends human and animal, is at Christmas Hills, in the country near Melbourne, 'where it's Christmas every day'.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2005 winner y separately published work icon Broken Open Craig Hamilton , Neil Jameson , Milsons Point : Bantam Books , 2004 Z1804764 2004 single work autobiography 'Broken Open is the story of ABC sports broadcaster Craig Hamilton and how, on the eve of the biggest undertaking of his career, he suffered a complete mental breakdown.

'Instead of covering the Sydney Olympics Craig was confined to a padded cell in a mental institution and later diagnosed as suffering bipolar disorder. This catastrophe not only denied Craig his place at the Games, it almost ruined his career and turned his role as devoted husband and father into a living hell.

'From his initial shocking breakdown to his gradual and eventual recovery, Craig sifts through the evidence to identify the warning signs that might have told him he was in serious trouble. This trail identifies a family man who could be so typical of any of us. It illustrates that mental illness is not something that just happens to other people. It is an issue much closer to home and touches many more lives than we could ever imagine.' (From the publisher's website.)
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