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Who is mad? Who is sane? Who decides?
Welcome to the Dorothy Fish, a day hospital in North London! N has been a patient here for thirteen years. Day after day she sits smoking in the common room, swapping medication and comparing MAD money rates. Like all the patients at the Dorothy Fish, Nâ€™s chief ambition is never to get discharged. Each year when her annual assessment comes round, she is relieved to learn that she hasnâ€™t got any better.
Then in walks Poppy Shakespeare in her six -inch skirt and twelve-inch heels. She is certain she isnâ€™t mentally ill and desperate to return to her life outside. Though baffled by Poppyâ€™s attitude, N agrees to help. Together they plot to gain Poppyâ€™s freedom. But in a world where everythingâ€™s upside-down, are they crazy enough to upset the system?
Publication date: 03/04/2006
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
|Publication date:||3rd April 2006|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Publishing Plc|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
Clare Allan was the winner of the first Orange/Harpers short story prize. She lives in London. Poppy Shakespeare, an arresting account of madness set in a North London day hospital, is her first novel. Photograph Â© Mark PringleMore About Clare Allan