Published 30th April 2020 by Bluemoose Books.
Read April 2020.
Four women, some of the most interesting in the history of psychology, go on a fictional adventure, taking control of their own stories - stories that have been laid bare by men quick to label them as mad.
Who are these women?
Lady Violet Gibson (1876-1956), who attempted to assassinate Mussolini in 1926, imprisoned and then incarcerated at the institution St Andrew's Hospital for the rest of her life.
Lucia Joyce (1907-1982), dancer and daughter of the celebrated Irish author, James Joyce, sometime inpatient at St Andrew's, and finally admitted there in 1951, where she then remained for the rest of her days.
'Anna O', real name Bertha Pappenheim (1859-1936), the first psychoanalysis patient, famous subject of Josef Breuer's Studies on Hysteria, written in collaboration with Sigmund Freud.
Blanche Wittman (1859-1913), termed the Queen of the Hysterics in 19th Century Paris, who was made famous by a series of photographs by Dr Jean-Martin Charcot.
Anna Vaught brings these for women together as lunatic comrades and takes them on a fantastic journey that fills in the gaps in their histories, bringing them to life on the page, and leading us to ask the question "Who is mad here?".
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