The Anatomy of a Suicide by Dorothy Schwarz ISBN : 1-904697-20-8 ISBN 13 : 978-1904697-20-6 Published : 2005 Pages : 158 Description This book is the gripping and emotional portrayal of one young woman’s ultimately unsuccessful battle against chronic depression. Zoe, was Dorothy’s fourth daughter, born in new Delhi in 1972. When she threw herself under a train at the age of 27 in August 2000, Zoe was suffering from deep depression following a bout of mania. After her death Dorothy found her diaries, poems and other writings which she used to build her portrait. Dorothy wants to tell her daughter’s story both as a tribute to this beautiful and talented young woman, who succumbed to a terrible illness and also to chart the passage of grief for a family after suicide. Dorothy wants to help remove or lessen the stigma attached to mental illness. Zoe fought hard and long but lost the ultimate battle. Dorothy hopes that the honest account of her life may help other sufferers and their families. Zoe herself would have wanted that. About the Author Dorothy Schwarz was born in London in 1937. She married Walter Schwarz, a journalist, in 1956 and has six children. The family lived in many countries where Walter was stationed. Dorothy brought up the kids, taught a bit and wrote children’s books and short stories. She now lives and teaches Creative Writing part-time in Colchester. Her main hobby, now that the nest is empty, is a growing collection of parrots and parakeets. She and Walter wrote two books on ecology together, Dorothy’s collection of short stories entitled ’Simple Stories about Women’ were published by Iron Press in 1998.
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