Gina’s first novel, Joseph’s Ladder, is a true story. It portrays one woman’s battle to retain her own identity while coping with her son’s serious mental health decline.
Gina manages effectively to convey to the reader the complexity of dealing with both practical and emotional issues, frustration, anger and guilt which threatens her marriage and changes family life forever.
Lily is presented as a woman who has reached that stage of life when her children are growing up. She is beginning to find herself and pursue her own career as an artist.
Interwoven in the story are some lovely pieces of humour found in both her studies with younger students and ironically in the psychiatric unit. Lily undertakes a trip to Bulgaria which is fraught with danger.
Joseph’s Ladder is compelling and hard to put down. It covers many aspects both exciting and tragic, taking the reader into the mind of an artist, a journey to a squat in Manchester and a battle with the authorities.
Mental Health and Family Relationship Book
Gina Wilcox studied fine art at university and gained a 2:1 BA (Hons) degree. After graduating she exhibited her paintings in London. However, when her son became seriously ill she had to stop and devote most of her time to his well-being.
She describes herself as a creative person with a fertile imagination. Writing and art are both equally important to her and she sees her two creative gifts as having much in common.
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