LEAH NICHELLE-MARIE BROWN
Leah is currently seeking a publisher for a memoir entitled MY NEAREST RELATIVE IS GRIEF. The working title is a play on the definition of “nearest relative” under the UK Mental Health Act. The book is written in three parts: 1) Shock, Denial, and Pain; 2) Guilt, Anger, and Bargaining; and, 3) Depression, Reconstruction, and Acceptance.
This memoir comes with a trigger warning as it explores mental health (sectioning, therapeutic counselling, trauma, personality disorders, abuse, and suicide) and expounds on complex intersectional issues of family relationships, race, identity and belonging. The book’s aim is to endow other sufferers with hope, and to legitimate one’s experience of grief when no one has died.
Leah was interviewed about some of the memoir’s subject matter in March 2021. You can read a transcript of the PfE Perspectives Podcast here (March 2021)
Leah is currently writing a debut women’s fiction novel entitled ONE TURN AROUND THE SUN. This love story set in London and the Home Counties amongst members of the upper class follows a Dutch Black girl through her 30th year, navigating prejudice and microaggressions from friends who profess to love her the most, friends who may eventually become family.
The novel is themed around the intersectionality of race, class, privilege, prejudice and romance.
Leah has been asked to write for Law.com International, The Times and the Law Gazette on topics of interest to a legal audience.
“WHY DO WE IGNORE PARTNER MENTAL HEALTH IN BIG LAW?” (Law.com International, October 2022)
"A PRESSURE COOKER: MENTAL HEALTH IS A PROBLEM FOR IN-HOUSE LAWYERS TOO" (Law.com International, October 2022)
Leah writes book reviews, like this one on SMALL GREAT THINGS, by Jodi Picoult.
Leah also accepts commissions to write devotionals, like this one on PSALM84.
Please get in touch if you would like a written opinion piece from Leah on any of the following topics: mental health, diversity, family relationships, socioeconomic inequality, legal issues, matters affecting women and/or people of colour, careers, FinTech, leadership and faith.
Leah writes for truth magazine (Rebel Hearts Rebel Girls), a magazine for Christian women. She hopes to become part of Black Ballad's freelance pool.
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