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Poppy Shakespeare

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This is a brilliantly tantalizing debut novel, interweaving madness into the stunning story of two women who meet in a mental institution. The two chief characters provide an emotional plotline which is troubling and frightening by turns; one of them has been in the hospital for years and never wants to leave; the other has just arrived and doesnât believe she should be there at all. This novel provides incredible, jolting insights into insanity, reality, and the grey areas in between where they meet.

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Poppy Shakespeare by Clare Allan

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, Nâs chief ambition is never to get discharged. Each year when her annual assessment comes round, she is relieved to learn that she hasnât got any better.

Then in walks Poppy Shakespeare in her six -inch skirt and twelve-inch heels. She is certain she isnât mentally ill and desperate to return to her life outside. Though baffled by Poppyâs attitude, N agrees to help. Together they plot to gain Poppyâs freedom. But in a world where everythingâs upside-down, are they crazy enough to upset the system?

About the Author

Clare Allan
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 © Mark Pringle

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Publication date

3rd April 2006

Author

Clare Allan

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Format

Hardback

Categories

Literary Fiction
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ISBN

9780747580461

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