January First by Michael Schofield

January First

By Michael Schofield

  • Release Date: 2012-09-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 212 Ratings
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As a newborn, January sleeps for only 20 minutes at a time. As a one-year-old she speaks in complete sentences. At two she asks about negative numbers. By three she has literally hundreds of imaginary friends. All the signs suggest she's gifted. But when her baby brother Bodhi arrives January's behaviour becomes increasingly violent, her never-ending delusions and hallucinations interspersed with paroxysms of rage that eventually force her parents to live in separate adjoining apartments. This harrowing memoir is the desperate story of Michael's mission to find out what is wrong with his highly intelligent daughter. As he does the rounds of child psychologists, doctors and locked hospital wards, the author provides an unflinchingly honest account of parenting, as well as an indictment of the lack of care for children with severe mental illness. But above all, January First shows the passionate dedication of a father who refuses to give up on his little girl even as her behaviour becomes ever more alien.


  • Couldn't put it down !!

    By A Sister of an Ice Addict
    All the best to you and your family Michael . Would love to know how Jani is doing now? An amazing story of the struggle, the fight to keep going, strength, family and the love for your daughter.
  • Great read

    By Jakeah
    What a beautifully raw and emotional account of life with a special needs child. Absolutely amazing. Loved it
  • January First

    By mandyinperth
    I never understood what schizophrenia was really about, the process of diagnosis and the struggle the individual and the parents go through. This book is a must read to those who want to understand it better. Well written & an easy read.
  • January first.

    By Crazycoles
    This book was heart renching it broke my heart and brought me back to how much parents love and believe in their kids and what family's can do to survive what cards we have been dealt
  • January First

    By Laine A
    Best book I've read in a long time. I was hooked!
  • Heartbreaking and very emotional read

    By Halls543
    Some of the recounts in this story broke my heart and you truly realise how lucky you are and how hard it must be for the parents of this little girl. I had no idea about this disease or what happens to anybody that has to deal with it before I read this and now see it and the struggles related, totally differently.
  • January First

    By Bazinga 12
    Fantastic and a great read. I couldn't put it down. Thanks
  • Mrs

    By Zaccysmum
    A beautiful story!
  • An amazing book

    By Vee_Wood
    I purchased this book less than 24 hours ago & have already finished it as I simply couldn't put it down. It is well written & I cannot recommend it highly enough. Purchase this book & read it! You won't regret it!
  • Great read

    By Xxzz1133
    Good incite into mental illness and how it effects family. Some very sad moments, very well written !!