Troubador The Crazy Psychologist

Released: 28/08/2015

eISBN: 9781784625689

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The Crazy Psychologist


A new teenage assessment centre has been purpose-built on the island of Rousay in the Orkney Islands. Dr Angie Lawrence is the Clinical Psychology Director. She uses unorthodox methods to improve the lives of elective mutes and truants, plus children who are aggressive, have been abused or are suffering from eating disorders. Dr Lawrence takes some kids skinny dipping; others she gives sessions with Harry, an African Grey parrot also on the staff, together with Arthur, a Basset Hound. Along with her slightly unusual treatments, she also gives her patients responsibilities to overcome their traumas.

“That’s the beauty of Rousay. We are the safety net. They find a freedom they never had before. Domestic, imagined, and abusive pressures are suspended, not necessarily resolved. What we are doing is lighting tapers. One day some flicker of flame might just burn out the stubborn daemon that’s lodged deep in their minds.”

Her husband, Sam, is an artist and delighted to be on Orkney to further his seascapes, but he becomes increasingly concerned about Angie’s unorthodox treatment plans. As the traumas of Angie’s early life and the demons of her past are explored, Sam struggles more and more to understand the methods in her madness.

Why did Angie became a psychologist in the first place? Can she bring together a fractured family before it is too late? And can she cope with two doctorate students who are not what they seem to be..?

The Crazy Psychologist is a novel of family, history and redemption, all set in the stunning Orkney Islands.

Great interest is shown on Rousay and Orkney as The Crazy Psychologist is set there. I'll be on Orkney in May for book sales.

Johnston Press about to interview me over The Trials of Sally Dunning.

A Lingering Crime being taken up by Police Scotland and several Sheriffs and solicitors. It will be sold, as well as the Trials of Sally Dunning at the November conference of the Scottish Association for the Study of Offending. The first is about historical abuse and Sally is based on the true story of a neighbour who is autistic and suffered at the hands of two drug dealers.

****BREAKING NEWS**** Lady Anne Smith, chair of the Historic Abuse Inquiry in Scotland likes A Lingering Crime and I will be speaking about this book at the Scottish Association for the Study of Offending Annual Conference in November 2018.

5.0 out of 5 starsA great fiction novel
Byireadnovelson 20 August 2015
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Dr Angie Lawrence in her mid thirties was a clinical psychologist. She runs a new purpose-built twelve bed Hazelnut assessment centre on the Orkney Island of Rousay. Children were referred from all Scottish Authorities when anorexia, bulimia and social anxiety cases required further assessment and treatment. Angie and her husband Sam lived in a 18th century stone cottage outhouse. Sam Lawrence takes in all the flowers that are that delivered to their home for Angie. What I liked about this story is that the author knows very little about the profession of clinical psychologist. I Adored the way Miller Caldwell has created a bizarre personality in Angie. We not only follow Dr Angie Lawrence journey, but we also follow the journey of some of the children that are sent to the Hazelnut centre. Review by

by ireadnovels

5.0 out of 5 starsI can imagine Orkney
ByMrs.F.J.A.Oetegennon 18 August 2015
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A good holiday read.

by FJA Oetegennon

Miller H Caldwell

I served on the committee of the Society of Authors in Scotland. I was the events manager. I have published 23 books since starting to be a full time author in 2003.

I was the camp manger (Post earthquake 2005) in the NWFP of Pakistan and was first to alert authorities that Osama bin Laden was in Abbotabad. I was the Regional Reporter to the Children's Hearings (The Scottish legal system for placing children on supervision or care.)

Now with increasing memory problems, my last book may have been written although I have written an unpublished novel. Having great editors to change my work is a super help. So to Alan, David in France and Alex on Jura, thanks team.

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