Elly McDonald


Mayhem: a memoir (2017) by Sigrid Rausing

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Author: Elly McDonald

Worked in the Australian rock music industry as a journalist and published widely as a poet before moving to London and spending the better part of a decade in advertising agencies. Returned to Australia and tried teaching, primarily teaching English to non-English speaking, newly-arrived refugees but also briefly as a high school classroom teacher. Has travelled Western Europe, North Africa, Russia, Northern India, East Asia, coastal USA, some Pacific Islands, and Australia.

One thought on “Mayhem: a memoir (2017) by Sigrid Rausing

  1. Originally I planned to write about Mayhem in the context of the impossible challenges posed by addiction and madness to the families of addicts and the severely mentally ill. I planned to write about Mayhem (addiction) in tandem with Pamela Burton’s book The Waterlow Killings: A Portrait of a Family Tragedy (2012), which recounts high profile, sensational killings in Sydney, Australia, outcomes of untreated paranoid schizophrenia.

    Burton is a lawyer with a special interest in preventing and appraising crimes involving severe mental illness. She wrote her book as a case study, to help explain and bring to notice the issues. The widow of Nick Waterlow also wrote a book, called A Double Spring, which I found almost unreadable. Burton writes lucidly about cause and effect; Nick’s widow writes from pain. Sigrid Rausing manages to do both.


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