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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best book magazine in the UK“, set in in 1920’s London, Mabel Murphy by Mike Delaney follows an East End family consumed by their struggles with unemployment, poverty, disease and mental illness.
Mike Delaney brings a whole range of emotions to readers in his impossible to put novel, Mabel Murphy. A mental health professional, Delaney beautiful and evocatively infuses this compelling tale with his own experiences of the old hospital system leaving readers completely invested in the world of its protagonists – from their struggles and fragilities to their loves and hopes.
In 1920s London, times are very hard as the world is in a deep economic depression and the city is rife with unemployment, poverty, and disease. In East London, Mabel Murphy’s family have managed to keep themselves afloat, housed and fed, despite having one parent with a long-term mental health condition, but as Mabel is catapulted into a series of life events which are traumatic, heartbreaking and shocking, all that will change.
This is a harrowing story of innocence, shame, hostility and vicious cruelty from the very people who should be caring for those in need. Although fictional, Mabel Murphy’s story rings true for many women of the era in which her story is set and is based on the experiences of many older women the author men whilst working as an NHS nurse in a large hospital system. Readers are taken with Mabel as she becomes a much stronger and more resilient human being than she ever dreamed possible in a story of love, hope and the potential to change one’s situation given the right opportunities.
An emotional read that is touching the hearts of men and women alike, Mabel Murphy bursts with the same appeal as the BBC’s Call the Midwife, so don’t be surprised if the story of this resilient and strong woman hits the small screen soon.
Author, broadcaster and media expert, Mike Delaney Reg MBACP, Fellow ACCPH, is a mental health, trauma and addictions therapist.
A well known and respected Mental Health/Addictions Therapist, Mike Delaney has over 45 years’ experience working with hospitals, individuals, rehabilitation centres and professional bodies in the UK and internationally.
He is a Registered Member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and has recently retired his Nursing Registration, which he held for 38yrs. He has also recently been awarded Fellow ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists) and is a certified Clinical Trauma Specialist
Until 2018 he had a successful private practice in Harley Street London, and provided training for a number of Organisations including Veterans Aid in London and for a number of years was a Director of Pathways Supported Housing in Weston-super-Mare and LEAP Equine Therapeutic Programmes Ltd.
Mike gives talks and presents papers on Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy in the UK and abroad, including a presentation of a LEAP research paper to the Royal College of Psychiatrists Conference around the efficacy of EFP for young people who have experienced childhood sexual trauma.
Over the last 20 years Mike had been involved in contributing to many tv documentaries including the BBC Bafta award winning ‘Lager, Mum and Me’, Channel 4’s ‘Beauty and The Beast’ and Channel 5’s ‘The Comeback of Ant McPartlin’.
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