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For a long time, the mentally ill were dumb and mute in literature. Inarticulacy surrounded those lumped together as Bedlamites: Jane Eyre’s classic “madwoman” in the attic, for instance, served as little more than a plot device, a thing to fear and loathe that got in the way of a Gothic romance.

Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, By David Eagleman

Sometimes you just don't know what's going on in your head

Gene research brings schizophrenia hope

Skin cells from patients suffering from schizophrenia have been turned into nerve cells, enabling scientists to "model" the disease in a test tube so that new drugs and treatments can be tested on the condition, which affects 1 per cent of the population.

Cannabis link to increased risk of psychosis

Using cannabis as a teenager or into young adulthood increases the risk of psychosis, experts have warned.

Henry's Demons, By Patrick and Henry Cockburn

One has got used to reading Patrick Cockburn's beautifully crafted, analytical and informed pieces, often from the bloodiest of war zones, which have appeared in the Independent (and the Financial Times before that) for the past 25 years. As a foreign correspondent, he has won just about every award going as he has reported from Beirut, Baghdad, Tehran, Chechnya, Jerusalem - and of course from Afghanistan, where he was writing about the Taliban when this book starts.

Letters: City of the future that never was

It is true that, as Chris Beanland tells us ("Roads to nowhere", 8 February), Leeds once branded itself as the "Motorway City of the Seventies"; anyone who received mail from Leeds will have seen that slogan on the postmark. But that's not all.

Richard Ingrams: Labour's strategy has to be more robust than this

Tom Baldwin, the former Times journalist who played an inglorious role in the Dr Kelly affair, has not made a good start as Ed Miliband's so-called strategy director. A memo to Labour frontbenchers from Baldwin advises them not to pick on Rupert Murdoch when speaking about the phone-hacking scandal. "We must guard against anything which appears to be attacking a particular newspaper group out of spite," he says.

Henry's demons: Why my son's story needed to be told

Patrick Cockburn was on assignment for 'The Independent' when his 19-year-old son was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Here, he describes the long and difficult road back from the brink

Brian Viner: What happened to 'Are you being served'?

The BBC2 series Michel Roux's Service, like The Apprentice for waiters and waitresses, ended last night. I dipped in and out, and enjoyed what I watched, though it will take more than masterful Michel to dilute the cocktail of surliness, ignorance and apathy that these days passes for service in far too many of Britain's restaurants, hotels, shops and anywhere else where staff and customers come into direct contact.

Bamber must wait two weeks for appeal result

A review board decided yesterday whether or not to refer the case of Jeremy Bamber back to the Court of Appeal. But the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will not reveal the decision for a fortnight.

David Flatman: Bloodthirsty fans support their nation then drink with the enemy. It's great

From the Front Row: Player's perspective on magical Six Nations

Schizophrenic detained for killing his brother

A paranoid schizophrenic stabbed his young brother to death just hours after community mental health workers left his house saying there was no immediate problem, a court has heard.

Pulse, By Julian Barnes

The spectre of mortality looms over this collection, but its characters are resolved to put up a fight

Harriet Walker: 'An act of kindness has forced me to reconsider my New Year resolutions'

At the risk of coming over all Blanche DuBois, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers. From the man who once saved me from the escalator's teeth when I fainted on the Underground, to the lady who explained how to work the unfathomable Berlin train ticket-bot without me even asking her, I owe them all a big thank-you.

When home is where the film-maker's art is

Michel Gondry and Lou Reed are the latest directors to use their families as movie material. Why not, says Kaleem Aftab, when they are such a rich source of drama?

Brain scans could help early schizophrenia diagnoses

Brain scans could be used to predict the onset of schizophrenia in young people with a family history of the disease, scientists said today.

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