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  • Listening Length: 13 hours and 55 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 6 Sept. 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009T9T92I
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Format: 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.
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Judith Allnatt has done it again. After the success of 'A Mile of River', her newest novel, which follows the fortunes of Patty, wife of John Clare as she comes to terms with her husband's madness, reminds us with some finesse of the enduring nature of love and commitment. Set in the beautifully evoked Northamptonshire countryside, Allnatt's writing sings from the page and you cannot help but be brought in to Patty's daily struggles, hopes and fears as she battles difficult circumstances, family dramas and her own hurt heart. A joy to read.A Mile of RiverThe Poet's Wife
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I was hardly aware of the poet John Clare, so I came to this novel with an unbiased view of his wife, but also with no idea of the veracity of this interpretation of events. Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and appreciated the telling of the day to day tasks and hardships of the mother of a large family, with little support in those days. The individual family members were very well drawn with their discrete preoccupations. The poor poet himself was shown with sympathy and yet the difficulties he created for his family were also clear. The novelist mentions the enclosure legislation of the time, but I wonder if most readers would appreciate the devastating consequences of this on the rural population. I will now read a biography of John Clare.
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Format: Hardcover
The Poet's Wife by Judith Allnatt is a lyrical, visual novel, the physical description of the countryside and seasons reflects and embellishes the emotions of the characters and their experiences.

Judith's tender, empathetic portrayal of Patty as a young girl and through her life's journey into courtship, pregnancy, marriage and motherhood is gripping and absolutely engaging. I felt her mood, response, reaction and loved her outspoken replies to some of the hurt inflicted on her by her husband, John Clare.

I was at the book launch in the library in Northampton and enjoyed Judith's reading of selected extracts from the book enormously. As I have come to read them myself they are improved and amplified by my recollection of the writer's poetic voice reading her own words. It is a superb portrayal of Patty's heart and the suffering and love she bore.

The description of John's episodes of psychosis and distraction are brilliant and his creative journey so fascinating.

As in Judith's first novel " A Mile of River" this is a superb, gripping, compelling and highly intelligent read.
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I have thoroughly enjoyed reading The Poet's Wife. I think that Judith has presented us with a wonderful view of the Life and Times of John Clare and his family. It brings home to us the difficulties that John, his wife Patty and their family endured and shows us what strength of character Patty had to cope with everything caused through John's illness and the resulting poverty.

Patty remains faithful to John through all their problems and manages to scrape a living with the help of her children and Father-in-Law whilst John is in a sanatorium, and during his brief stay back at home.

I particularly liked the old terminology for things, such as Pettichap, which I had to look up, and the wonderful description of the landscape and how the harvest was brought in.

The novel has left me with the desire to get a book of John Clare's Poems and to go to Northamptonshire and look up the places mentioned.
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By C. Colley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Feb. 2011
Format: 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 a lot from reading 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 John Clare was in and out of asylums and mental illness was little understood. Patty also reflects on the happier times in her life.
There is no big plot to rush along with in this book and I enjoyed reading it at a slow pace. The writing is descriptive, but not overly done. The countryside setting is atmospheric, especially because Judith Allnatt has the knack of being able to transport the reader to the time and place.
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