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Emulating the Sublime,
This review is from: The Poet's Wife (Hardcover)
THE POET'S WIFE by JUDITH ALLNATT, reviewed by Keith Large
If you've never been to Helpston, birthplace of John Clare, this is the novel to take you there.
Written with the sublime literary finesse we've come to expect from Judith Allnatt,
`A Poet's Wife' is the story of a deep love Patty feels is lost to her by her genius
husband's freefall into madness. Hurt he's escaped from the lunatic asylum to look for his late sweetheart Mary Joyce, who Clare believes is still alive, Patty attempts to conquer her anger and regain the peasant poet's unrequited love.
Capturing the time period with power and emotion this novel is a must for John Clare fans, historical fiction lovers and admirers of Judith Allnatt, one of the most articulate writers in English literature. For those who wondered how she'd emulate the brilliance of `A Mile of River' her latest masterpiece answers the question.