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A compelling read,
This review is from: The Poet's Wife (Paperback)
I really enjoyed `A Mile of River', Judith Allnatt's first book, and whilst this fiction based on fact novel is different, it easily lives up to her first book. I'm not a big fan of poetry, but I've learnt from this novel. John Clare was a fascinating character and country life was a big inspiration for his work.
Set in the 1840's and narrated by Patty, John Clare's wife, the story centers on her struggles of daily life and bringing up a family whilst coping with John's mental illness. This was at a time when he was in and out of asylums and mental illness was little understood. Patty also reflects on earlier happier times.
There is no big plot to rush along with. I enjoyed reading the book at a slower pace, and whilst it's descriptive, I didn't think it was overly done. It is also well researched and the reader really gets a sense of time and place.