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Possibly a 'Marmite' book........I LOVED it!!,
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Floors 2 to 7 of the Abaddon mental health care facility house 'flops' in ascending order of madness; on the first floor , the Dorothy Fish caters for the day care 'dribblers'. The ambition of every flop is to move down to the floor below - & ultimately to the first floor Dorothy Fish. But the dribblers live in fear of being discharged & prepare for their asessments carefully. They need to appear mad enough to avoid being discharged but not so mad as to be sectioned on to one of the wards above.
And then Poppy Shakespeare arrives..........
Unlike the other day care dribblers, who attend on a voluntary basis, Poppy has been told if she doesn't attend every day she will be sectioned to one of the wards and her daughter taken into care. She looks & sounds perfectly sane - and is adamant that she is - so why is she there??
I found this one of the funniest, saddest, scariest books I have ever read. It's NOT for the politically correct, or those who are offended by bad language -but they'll be missing a treasure.
Style is really important to me - I generally read only literary novels - yet this is one of my all-time favourite books. The barely articulate musings of long-term dribbler N become,in Clare Allan's hands, an eloquent vehicle for the biting satire that is 'Poppy Shakespeare'. It's an incredibly moving book & brilliantly satirises the attitude of 'sniffs' to mental illness; the vagaries of the benefits system; care in the community and target-led healthcare.
A really special book that I devoured in a single sitting but is still with me, it contains lots of truths within the satirical hyperbole.