After working as a full-time consultant psychiatrist in the NHS for over twenty years, Philip Thomas, MD, left clinical practice in 2004 to write. He has published over 100 scholarly papers, and works in alliance with survivors of psychiatry, service users and community groups, nationally and internationally. He is one of the founder members and a former co-chair of the Critical Psychiatry Network. His first book, Dialectics of Schizophrenia, was published by Free Association books in 1997, and he has co-authored two other books, Voices of Reason, Voices of Insanity with Ivan Leudar, and most recently Postpsychiatry, with Pat Bracken. His fourth book, Psychiatry in Context, was published in 2014 by PCCS Books. Until recently he was Professor of Philosophy, Diversity and Mental Health at the University of Central Lancashire, and an honorary visiting professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Bradford. He is currently working on a part-autobiographical collection of stories about madness, meaning and culture.