Our Tan: Memoir of a Destroyed Life

Our Tan: Memoir of a Destroyed Life

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By Rod Madocks

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ISBN: 978-1-910323-97-7

232 pages, 29 images, paperback, 130x200mm

A lament for the loss of a young woman and a savage critique of the institutions that failed her.

Tania Blair was a young mother of two boys leading an unremarkable life in Peterlee, County Durham until social services took a hand. Once a front-line social worker himself, Rod Madocks uses his own experience to explore the faulty rationale and inept practices of child protection teams. This memoir casts an unforgiving eye on health and social care agencies in general and on the fate of the English working class as they are tipped down the maw of a globalised future. Our Tan is a book that had to be written because no other avenues of help were left.

A transgressive writer, undauntedly hostile to liberal orthodoxy, Rod Madocks is the author of two novels and a collection of short stories exploring themes of crime, guilt and loss. He has also published a memoir on the WW2 poet Sidney Keyes. His work has been shortlisted for a 2009 Crime Writing Association Dagger Award. Madocks had a twenty year career working in maximum security psychiatric units and mental health teams before becoming a full time writer. He lives in Nottingham, England.

Comments about Madocks’ work:

The Rising Flame… “Refreshingly authentic… fascinating and intimate…” – Stand Magazine

“No Way To Say Goodbye… A taut book… filled with edgy despair… authentic and chilling…” – Crime Writing Association

Babbicam… One of the strangest books I’ve ever read and one of the most irresistible.” – Americus Times review

For more information see The Work of Rod Madocks website.