Here Comes The Sun: The Love Story that Saved a Man from Destruction and Reunited the Sunnyboys
by Jeremy Oxley and Mary Oxley Griffiths
First Published 2015 by Allen and Unwin
Review by Suzanne Bunker
Jeremy Oxley is the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for Australian band The Sunnyboys. At the age of 22, when The Sunnyboys were at the peak of their career here in Australia, Jeremy was diagnosed with schizophrenia forcing him to cut his career short.
This is the story of Jeremy’s rise to fame, how he dealt with the demons of mental health, alcohol and the Australian music industry but, most of all, it is the story of how one lady, through love and patience, helped Jeremy to face these demons and rise above it to make a comeback with the band he loved dearly.
The book started slowly but once Jeremey and Mary had met, it picked up speed and was hard to put down. Both Jeremy and Mary gave a very clear insight into how difficult mental health is, not only for the individual diagnosed, but for those around them. It also highlighted how misunderstood mental health is.
The book is told by both Mary and Jeremy who alternate chapters throughout the book. It flows well as each of Mary’s chapters follows Jeremy’s, both written about the same period and stage of their story. It is good to hear both perspectives of each situation and event. There were only a few times that I felt it was repetitive but on the whole they both had something different to add to the story; a different insight and understanding as to what was happening.
It is clear from the book that Mary and Jeremy are in love and in awe of each other. It is very clear from Jeremy that he would not have made the progress he has made without the love, persistence and help of his beautiful wife, Mary. I finished, feeling admiration for both of them. An excellent read.