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Intimate conversations about getting unwell - and getting better - with Bryony Gordon. From household names to ordinary people with extraordinary stories. Because mental health deserves to be talked about.

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    • 4.6 • 65 Ratings

Intimate conversations about getting unwell - and getting better - with Bryony Gordon. From household names to ordinary people with extraordinary stories. Because mental health deserves to be talked about.

    James Purefoy

    James Purefoy

    James Purefoy is one of Britain's most prolific actors, appearing in everything from the Royal Shakespeare Company to Netflix's Sex Education. But his latest film, Fisherman’s Friends: One and For All, while ostensibly about a bunch of Cornish blokes who sing sea shanties, is really about the fragile issue that is male mental health.

    James joins Bryony to talk about dealing with the grief of his father, while playing a character grieving their father, boarding schools as a place to 'cauterise people’s emotions' and the power of articulating your pain.




    Fisherman’s Friends: One and For All is in cinemas across the UK and Irelands from Friday 19th August |




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    • 53 min
    Charmain Bynoe, author of 'The Estate, My Life Working on the Front Line of Britain's Housing Crisis'

    Charmain Bynoe, author of 'The Estate, My Life Working on the Front Line of Britain's Housing Crisis'

    Charmain Bynoe is one of our favourite guests here at Mad World, an unsung hero making a difference in our communities. She's a housing officer for Southwark, in London, and you may have seen in the Channel 4 TV series, Council House Britain. The work she does in helping vulnerable people is vitally important, but often overlooked. Now she's written a book, The Estate, which lays bare the challenges so many are facing in the midst of the UK's housing crisis.

    Charmain joins Bryony to talk about helping those dealing with hoarding, how the community spirit on estates is so important, plus how she dealt with her own burnout and important of 'letting the TV watch you'.




    The Estate: My Life Working on the Front Line of Britain's Housing Crisis, by Charmain Bynoe |

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    • 59 min
    Salma El-Wardany

    Salma El-Wardany

    Salma El-Wardany has been described as a half Egyptian, half Irish Muslim writer, travelling the world, eating cake and dismantling the patriarchy - but even that doesn't quite sum up the unapologetic brilliance of her. Now, she's released her first novel, These Impossible Things, which charts the friendship of three British Muslim women and what life throws at them.

    Salma joins Bryony to talk about the hurt of not finding yourself in the pages of the books you love, the impact of growing up Muslim in the wake of 9/11, and why she wants all women to have the pleasure of the soft things in life.

    These Impossible Things, by Salma El-Wardany |

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    • 40 min
    Abi Morgan

    Abi Morgan

    Abi Morgan is the BAFTA and Emmy award-winning screenwriter of films like Suffragette, Shame and The Iron Lady, as well as creating the impossibly brilliant BBC drama The Split. But all the screenwriting expertise in the world could not have prepared her for the series of cataclysmic events that shattered her life three years ago. Now she's written a book about those events, 'This is Not a Pity Memoir.' It's a love story, but not as you know it.

    Abi joins Bryony to talk about the 'quiet drama' of a loved one in a coma, continuing to find joy in the darkness, and the terrifying realisation that she couldn't hide behind actors and directors in her own life.

    This is not a Pity Memoir, by Abi Morgan |

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    • 50 min
    Alex Riley, author of "A Cure For Darkness"

    Alex Riley, author of "A Cure For Darkness"

    Right now, 332 million people across the globe are suffering from depression. You might be one of them. And yet despite the prevalence of this illness, it is still barely understood, with precious few treatment options available. The science writer Alex Riley - this week’s guest on Mad World - has now produced the most comprehensive history of depression ever written, with the hope of changing this.

    In A Cure For Darkness, Riley busts a whole host of myths about depression. It is not a modern illness - in fact, it is as old as humans - and it is certainly not a western illness, with people all around the world experiencing it. He also explores the treatment options available, and why there are so few of them - plus, he goes into some of the exciting new options for depression on the horizon, and some of the awful practices that have been used in the past, including the ice pick lobotomy. 




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    • 42 min
    Self Esteem

    Self Esteem

    Self Esteem AKA Rebecca Taylor is a multi-award winning and Brit Award nominated artist, touring the globe and supporting Adele. And yet, during her 20s, she was crippled by shame and feeling like she was never accepted as herself. She found time to come on Mad World and talk openly and honestly about mental health and the role it's played in her life, including shaking off the shackles of patriarchy and getting out of self destruct mode.




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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

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Wonderfully Brutal Honesty

How are you really? Has become my new slogan. I have slowed down my hellos with this to take the time to really see the people in my life. And to let them know they are seen. This isn’t always reciprocated but it has helped to clarify my relationships. Love this show. Loving the focus on addiction.

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Camilla Tominey

Crystal clear stories told with intelligence, love, humor captures an important need in many places about this insidious brain disease: talking about it across generations too! Getting involved in a community that understands is so healthy. Camilla’s courage as a public person is a strong example of fighting the stigma around brain disease. Thank you Bryney Gordon and crew!

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Amazing

Bryony is simply amazing. ALL her books are a MUST read.

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