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New Book By Chch Author Lets Brain Injury Out Of The Closet

New Book By Christchurch Author Lets Brain Injury Out Of The Closet

A new book by Christchurch author Anne McKenzie will let brain injury out of the closet when it is released today (subs 31 August, 2012).

According to the Brain Injury Association of New Zealand, 90 New Zealanders suffer a brain injury every day, equating to more than 30,000 each year. “The Brilliance and the Madness” charts Ms McKenzie’s personal journey from injury to recovery in an evocative and beautifully crafted way accompanied by compelling illustrations.

“Brain injury is an incredibly significant yet misunderstood condition affecting many thousands of New Zealanders,” said Ms McKenzie. “I hope that my book will provide inspiration, encouragement and support for anyone who has suffered a brain injury or anyone close to them.”

Ms McKenzie suffered her traumatic brain injury while out cycling in the Port Hills in Christchurch in 2005 when she was hit by an unsecured mattress that had come off a trailer as it had been driven past her. The incident and its aftermath attracted significant media interest.

A legal battle, which went to the Supreme Court, saw insurers challenge the District Court sentence that awarded Ms McKenzie lost earnings as a part of reparation. Ms McKenzie continues to live with the debilitating effects of her brain injury but saw writing her book as a way to create something that could help others discover their own personal resilience – not just following a brain injury - but when facing life challenges more generally.

“My book is not just about brain injury. I hope that it will provide some light for other people and in doing so create greater empathy for those who suddenly find their life circumstances irrevocably changed.”

What reviewers say:

“McKenzie’s book is a revelation of experience that combines the deeply personal with the clinical facts. It is written in a way that replicates the distortions that the brain and therefore the mind experiences as it manoeuvres itself from imagination to reality, and from the immediacy of the accident’s trauma to the longevity of recovery.” – Vivienne Allen

“At last! A book that helps those recovering from severe head injuries navigate through endless pain and mental fog. “The Brilliance and the Madness” is a beautifully written, powerful personal account filled with insight, humour and hope.” – Barry Brailsford

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