The mission of Plastic Spoon is summarised very simply in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson:
These novels will give way, by and by, to diaries or autobiographies—captivating books, if only a man knew how to choose among what he calls his experiences that which is really his experience, and how to record truth truly.
Put like that, we have one aim and one aim only: to record truth truly. Damn it, even the placebos here aren’t sugar-coated!
So, we aim to produce and promote captivating books for, by and of real people leading real lives in the real world.
When I first told a friend about my ideas for Plastic Spoon Books – writings for, by and about those struggling with mental health or emotional well-being – he said, “Ah, so you’re suggesting that the lunatics take over the asylum?” I smiled, as I shook my head gently. “No mate, I’m suggesting that the…
This is going to sound like an extremely bold claim. I know. I get that. And, trust me, if I was in your shoes, I would feel exactly as you do now. Yet, I wanted to take this time to tell you that I do not believe that there are many – if any –…
The latest example of this is the novel by Graham Old, Of Madness and Folly. This fictional memoir spans 9 weeks in the life of a broken-down Social Worker seeking to find his way back to some semblance of normality. Things are not helped by the voice in his head, or the eventual confinement in a Psychiatric hospital. You can see how well this darkly humorous tale has been reviewed below.
No longer can therapists limit themselves to talking about theoretical problems in the classroom. At Plastic Spoon, we exist to shine a light on the real issues facing real people in the real world. One third of what we do here is provide books for therapists, aimed at providing them with practical skills they can take back to their clients, to enable them both to live and function in a more fulfilling way. (more…)Read More
Far too often, those books that are labelled "Self-help" or "Personal Development" can be completely removed from the experiences of ordinary people. We are hoping to do the exact opposite. We aim to produce & promote books that help, for example, those battling depression learn how to be happy (maybe even whilst still being depressed!). Or, assist someone with Asperger's in being more flexible. (more…)Read More
Have you ever noticed that books that aim to provide a sense of escapism often go as far from reality as possible? That's not something we will be doing at Plastic Spoon. Even our fiction books - most of which are more accurately described as fact-based fiction - are set in the real world. We are more interested in Peckham Rye than Downton Abbey! (more…)Read More