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Absorbing and accomplished piece of writing - fascinating,
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This review is from: Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty and the Mad-Doctors in Victorian England (Hardcover)
I can only echo other reviews, but thought I'd add my piece as this is one of the best books I've read and well worth buying if you have a deeper interest in the subject.
This is an intimately researched and well thought out book detailing some of the most interesting cases of individuals confined to the Madhouses of the time. Truth is stranger than fiction and ultimately more enjoyable.
The best bits for me were learning of the madhouse-plot connections to people such as Lord Lytton and Charles Dickens who, although well known figures & popular authors both at the time and now, were potentially very unsavoury people. (Dickens possibly attempted to confine his wife, Catherine, when their marriage broke down - though letters proving this are 'missing')
A worthwhile read and worth every penny. Will be dipping into again I'm sure!