The true story of poet John Clare’s incarceration in London’s Epping Forest, which was run on the reformist principles of occupational therapy, and his meeting of Alfred Tennyson, a man who moves nearby and became entangled in the life of the asylum.
❚ “The thrill of a story being based on real people and actual events seems to enhance its power for me and so it happened too with this book. Adam Foulds seems to be greatly adept at unfolding characters in a gentle and sympathetic manner. The story itself is interesting with many layers of detail within each character’s life. Well worth reading.” – Jo
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❚ “Sympathetic characters and the merging of the actual and imaginary makes this a stimulating and thought-provoking story.” – Rachel