The Curative

The Curative

  • Paperback
By (author) 

List price: US$19.24

Currently unavailable

We can notify you when this item is back in stock

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


This brilliant, compelling and unusual novel - part mystery, part philosophy and part social history - is set in the early years of the 19th century. The narrator is an inmate in Bedlam, the London mental asylum, where he is chained to a wall in unspeakably disgusting conditions. Yet he is witty, urbane and seemingly sane - he philosophises on freedom, on love and love lost, and on the fleeting nature of happiness. As this beautifully constructed story unfolds we learn about his everyday life in the asylum, about his life before Bedlam and the answers to the critical questions- Why is this man here? What exactly has he done? The Curative has been wowing readers with its unique exploration of the devious in human affairs. The novel was runner-up for the Deutz Medal for fiction in the 2001 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. It has been published by Penguin in Britain and Australia.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 130 x 199 x 18mm | 245g
  • Penguin Group (NZ)
  • Penguin Books (NZ)
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 0143020498
  • 9780143020493

About Charlotte Randall

Charlotte Randall is an award-winning author. Her first novel, Dead Sea Fruit, won the South East Asian/South Pacific section of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for best first book and the Reed Fiction Award in 1995. Her second novel, The Curative, was joint-runner-up for the Deutz Medal for Fiction at the 2001 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. What Happen Then, Mr Bones? was a finalist for the same award in 2005. Her latest novel, The Bright Side of My Condition, was a finalist for the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards Prize for Fiction. Randall was born and raised in Dunedin, New Zealand, and now lives on Banks Peninsula near Christchurch.
show more