'From heroin to Lithium and back again..before finally arriving in a village called Sanity on the other side of Blissland.
There may be some survivors out there who could enjoy the powerful regression therapy this book has to offer.
An informative read for would-be celebrity hunters, historians, people with various degrees of bi-polar disorder, mental healthcare workers and most of all pre-teens who want to give their grand parents a heart attack.
Unless those grand parents belong to the afore-mentioned survivor group, in which case I suggest they get extra copies of FRANTIC to form a domestic study circle.
It's so full of visuals that reading it becomes like watching a movie. A fast and funny reading experience which left me wondering and pondering about what happened to all of us who lived through that purple haze era,' Ulla Ward de Mora.
'Alice through a '70s looking glass.
In "Frantic" we follow Alice, a naive English girl, aching to rebel against her posh upbringing, as she descends into a glittery hell peopled with dangerous grotesques and dusted with white powder.
After sharpening her claws on the butt end of the sixties, author Frances Lynn tears into the seventies' alternative scene with glee, exposing the hypocrisy, shallowness and sad junkie lifestyles of the 'beautiful people'. However, this is not just a novel about sex, drugs and rock n' roll; it's a novel filtered through them. So the reader gets to enjoy vivid acid tinged prose, and riotous cartoon depictions of San Francisco and London. At times, the style is reminiscent of counter-culture icons William S. Burroughs and Robert Anton Wilson, but with a fairy-tale sweetness neither of those authors have.
Fans of Frances Lynn's "Crushed", will recognise the same storytelling skills but may be shocked at the unbridled content. Freed from the constraints of writing for a teen audience, the author can display the the sharp wit which made her Britain's bitchiest columnist.
Like Alice says: "Wowee Zowee!" Clive Ashenden, Film Director.
'Frantic' recounts the journey of the heroine Alice through the surreal world of the London party scene and the American West Coast culture of the early seventies.
Partly tongue-in-cheek, partly a cautionary tale, it is a most humourous and highly readable account with a dark edge.
The 'vulnerable' Alice is not quite the victim that she first appears. In fact, it is more a case of last person standing, as she comes through the ordeal, traumatized perhaps, but much the wiser.