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    DescriptionThe Last Asylum is Barbara Taylor's journey through mental illness and the psychiatric health care system. The Last Asylum begins with Barbara Taylor's visit to the innocuously named Princess Park Manor in Friern Barnet, North London - a picture of luxury and repose. But this is the former site of one of England's most infamous lunatic asylums, the Middlesex County Pauper Lunatic Aslyum at Colney Hatch. At its peak this asylum housed nearly 3,000 patients - among them, in the 1980s, Barbara Taylor herself. The Last Asylum is Taylor's powerful account of her battle with mental illness, set inside the wider story of the end of the UK asylum system. Barbara Taylor's previous books include an award-winning study of nineteenth-century socialist feminism, Eve and the New Jerusalem; an intellectual biography of the pioneer feminist Mary Wollstonecraft; and On Kindness, a defence of fellow feeling co-written with the psychoanalyst Adam Phillips. She is a longstanding editor of the leading history journal, History Workshop Journal, and a director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre. She teaches history and English at Queen Mary University of London.


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    Title
    The Last Asylum
    Subtitle
    A Memoir of Madness in our Times
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Barbara Taylor
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 142 mm
    Height: 221 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 458 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780241145098
    ISBN 10: 0241145090
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    BIC subject category V2: VFJB
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    BIC subject category V2: BM, MBPK
    BISAC V2.8: MED102000, HEA039000, BIO026000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBK
    DC23: 616.890092
    Thema V1.0: VFJB, DNC, MBPK
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Hamish Hamilton Ltd
    Publication date
    06 February 2014
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Barbara Taylor's previous books include an award-winning study of nineteenth-century socialist feminism, Eve and the New Jerusalem; an intellectual biography of the pioneer feminist Mary Wollstonecraft; and On Kindness, a defence of fellow feeling co-written with the psychoanalyst Adam Phillips. She is a longstanding editor of the leading history journal, History Workshop Journal, and a director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre. She teaches History and English at Queen Mary University of London.
    Review quote
    Eloquent, compassionate, and utterly absorbing. A book about family and friendship, about the complexities of memory, about care and the failure of care, The Last Asylum is the best sort of memoir, transcending the purely personal to confront a larger social history. -- Sarah Waters This superb book combines both the experience of the patient and the eye of the historian. Riveting, insightful and relentlessly honest, it is both social history and memoir, and makes an important contribution to contemporary debates on the treatment of mental distress -- Darian Leader We believe our response to mental illness is more enlightened, kinder and effective than that of the Victorians who built the asylums. Can we be sure? Barbara Taylor's sombre investigation, calling on personal experience, challenges complacency, exposes shallow thinking, and points out the flaws and dangers of treatment on the cheap. It is a wise, considered and timely book Hilary Mantel Beautiful ... it is hard to write well enough about this book because it is so good -- Susie Orbach Independent Moving, brave and intelligent -- Susan Hill The Times Exquisitely written and provocative Sunday Times Dazzling ... a tale that compels you to keep turning the pages ... a great achievement, full of life and hope Sunday Telegraph