A Life Without Edges: My Sixteen Years in The Wilderness
by Tim Holmes
About the Book
The title of this book – A Life Without Edges – is the best way I can describe what my life became following a very damaging and vicious sexual attack when I was sixteen.
Like most stories, mine developed over a period of time, twenty-five years, in fact. It took several traumas for me to develop the numerous masks behind which I retreated into my own fantasy world: a place where paranoia, internal voices and imaginary friends became my reality, and obsessive/compulsive and self-harming behaviors became my tools of survival.
A complete mental breakdown was the catalyst to my recovery and this book tells the story of how, through therapy, I managed to reconnect with the world and find the real me behind the masks – a very fragile and vulnerable man named Tim.
A professionally trained therapist has added valuable insights throughout this book, which have helped me to understand the reasons for my withdrawal into isolation. The chapter titled “Reflections” is a complete summary of her insights.
About the Author
Tim Holmes now lives in Australia, though he was born in England. This is his first book and one he has wanted to write since his recovery. Now 46 and happily married to Kathy, this is the message he wants to impart: “Don’t keep your pain to yourself like I did, reach out and seek professional help. Remember, it’s never too late to start the recovery process.”