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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; First Edition edition (24 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857209272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857209276
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 472,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up in Kent, in England, and have spent my adult life in London. I worked first as a photographer, then for many years as a feature writer. My journalism led to my two non-fiction books - Daughter of Dust (Simon & Schuster 2009) and Oranges and Lemons (Routledge 2005). In 2001, I was Education Journalist of the Year.

I have now turned to writing fiction, which had always been my dream. The Painted Bridge, the story of a woman tricked into a Victorian asylum in the year 1859, is my first novel. My second, The Sacred River - about three women who leave a fog-bound London in 1882 for the light and heat of Egypt - appears in 2013, also published by Simon & Schuster..

I've been greatly helped and encouraged in my writing by my family, my agent and my writing friends. My two grown up sons are sources of inspiration. As well as enjoying company and solitude, reading and writing, I am an enthusiastic swimmer in the women's pond on Hampstead Heath.

To receive updates on my books and writing life, please 'like' my Facebook author page or visit my website.
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'A haunting look at women's asylums in 1850s England ... Wallace masterfully creates an atmosphere of utter claustrophobia and dread, intermingled with the ever-present horror of the reality of women's minimal rights in the 19th century' Publishers Weekly

'The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace is a soft, intricate and languid novel with a twist in the tale. This is a mesmerising first novel...' Red

'I was gripped by this fantastic book. Chilling, heart-warming, very well written and researched, this is an unusual novel about Victorian England' Rosie Boycott

'The Painted Bridge is something special: an intriguing and disturbing tale of the reality of women's lives behind the veil of Victorian respectability, which will have resonance today. Beautifully written and evoked' Rachel Hore, Richard & Judy bestselling author of A Gathering Storm

'An impressive debut with a captivating heroine and an absorbing storyline. A compulsive page-turner' --Catharine Arnold, author of Bedlam

'An emotionally charged gothic tale that will appeal to fans of the Victorian novels of Sarah Waters. Bella

'Gripping debut'

--Woman & Home

'The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace is a soft, intricate and languid novel with a twist in the tale. This is a mesmerising first novel...' --Red

'I was gripped by this fantastic book. Chilling, heart-warming, very well written and researched, this is an unusual novel about Victorian England' Rosie Boycott

'The Painted Bridge is something special: an intriguing and disturbing tale of the reality of women's lives behind the veil of Victorian respectability, which will have resonance today. Beautifully written and evoked' Rachel Hore, Richard & Judy bestselling author of A Gathering Storm

'An impressive debut with a captivating heroine and an absorbing storyline. A compulsive page-turner' --Catharine Arnold, author of Bedlam

'The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace is a soft, intricate and languid novel with a twist in the tale. This is a mesmerising first novel...' --Red

'I was gripped by this fantastic book. Chilling, heart-warming, very well written and researched, this is an unusual novel about Victorian England' Rosie Boycott

'The Painted Bridge is something special: an intriguing and disturbing tale of the reality of women's lives behind the veil of Victorian respectability, which will have resonance today. Beautifully written and evoked' Rachel Hore, Richard & Judy bestselling author of A Gathering Storm

'An impressive debut with a captivating heroine and an absorbing storyline. A compulsive page-turner' --Catharine Arnold, author of Bedlam

'The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace is a soft, intricate and languid novel with a twist in the tale. This is a mesmerising first novel...' --Red

'I was gripped by this fantastic book. Chilling, heart-warming, very well written and researched, this is an unusual novel about Victorian England' Rosie Boycott

'The Painted Bridge is something special: an intriguing and disturbing tale of the reality of women's lives behind the veil of Victorian respectability, which will have resonance today. Beautifully written and evoked' Rachel Hore, Richard & Judy bestselling author of A Gathering Storm

'An impressive debut with a captivating heroine and an absorbing storyline. A compulsive page-turner' --Catharine Arnold, author of Bedlam

About the Author

Wendy Wallace is an award-winning freelance journalist and writer based in London, whose articles have appeared in the Telegraph, the Guardian and the Scotsman. This is her first novel.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J Corbin on 11 May 2012
Format: Paperback
The Painted Bridge begins in London, in the winter of 1859. Anna Palmer is tricked by her husband and incarcerated in a private asylum called Lake House. As she sets out to prove her sanity, she gradually gets to know the other inmates and to form bonds with women she would never normally have mixed with. Time passes, and she grows to like and respect these women, relying on their fortitude as a mirror for her own.
For me, story telling is all about the suspension of disbelief. I want to lose myself in a story. I want to see what the characters see, feel what they feel, be worried for them and hope for them. The Painted Bridge achieved this for me. Wallace's writing is intelligent and lyrical. She skilfully weaves historical detail throughout the narrative but the story is never bogged down by too much information. The characters take centre stage, most especially Anna, a young woman with a strong will and a keen sense of what's right and fair. Anna hopes to find an ally in Lucas St Clair, a visiting physician who believes that the new medium of photography may reveal the state of a patient's mind. As he says, `photography is the art of truth not of advertisement', and Anna hopes he will see her for who she is - a woman perfectly in control of her sanity who has been wronged by her husband.
But as the story unfolds, the intrigue deepens and Anna begins to discover her own truth, to understand her dreams and unveil her visions. She also learns the truth about the man she married, her husband Vincent, an odious character who acts out of self-interest and arrogance.
The Painted Bridge is a great read. It reminded me of Fingersmith by Sarah Waters - a plot that grips, vibrant characters and a sense of place that evokes London as both grimy and idyllic, imprisoning and freeing, depending on circumstance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By makedoandmend on 21 Jun. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Effortlessly shot through with impressive research, The Painted Bridge is a beautifully written portrait of a time when women were locked away for not toeing the line.
The author's stylish prose drew me in from the start and as the story unfolded , I became immersed in the sense of imprisonment and disempowerment which must have experienced by women similar to the central character, Anna, in the 1850s.
I felt it was about how we may - even today - not necessarily have control over how we are perceived and how others treat us, that circumstance, as well as era, can choose to give a Reverend respect yet a strong woman like Anna is so easily dismissed as barmy, also how women can help as well as hurt each other.
Nothing is spelt out, and there's every reason to read on, one of those books where the reader feels they've played a part filling in between the lines instead of having everything spelt out. Satisfying, educational and emotional. Strongly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George Bennett on 4 July 2012
Format: Hardcover
A superb first novel. Some novels are all plot but lack character development other are the opposite. This novel has everything a good book should have. A page turner of a plot, well researched and believable. Engaging characters who one comes to care about, who you know had a life before the novel and are left wondering how they will live on after. The novel has a fantastic sense of time and place. The dialogue flows naturally through the narrative. I finished it at 4.00am!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hellymart on 14 Jun. 2013
Format: Paperback
I am wondering if I'm reading the same book as all the other reviewers! I'm just over half way through and about to give up. Sorry but this book - and particularly the main character - just isn't engaging me. The characters are flat and there's not enough tension to keep me turning the page. If you want to read something on a similar theme but about a hundred times better, read 'Fingersmith' by Sarah Waters. You won't be able to put it down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beadyjan on 17 May 2013
Format: Paperback
Having recently read and enjoyed Blue Asylum I was interested to see how this book compared. At first appearing very similar - both set in the 19th century, both with heroines who have been placed in asylums by their husbands, and both featuring a natural longing to escape. Yet they are both extremely different stories with unique characters and a completely different feel to them.

In the painted bridge we meet Anna, recently married, taken on an outing to "visit friends" by her older, well respected, religious husband, who discovers to her horror that he has brought her not to a warm family home but to a run down mansion used as an asylum for women where he abandons her, having convinced the medical profession (with little more than a willingness to pay the fees) that she is mad and hysterical, and the more she protests her sanity, the more it makes her seem to fit the bill of hysteric.

She reluctantly accepts her fate and begins to mix with the other inmates, whilst undergoing some truly terrible "treatments" evident to us as torture.

A regular visitor to Lake House asylum is a physician - Lucas St Clair, who is experimenting with the new medium of photography to try and reveal the womens states of mind from the traits and expressions revealed in photographs. Drawn to Anna he seizes the chance to photograph her, hoping he may discover her innocence, yet fearing he may reveal further madnesses.

As Anna gets to know the other madwomen locked alongside her she discovers truths about her own background and learns about what almost all the women have in common - husbands or families who want them locked away for varying reasons.
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