Poppy Shakespeare

Poppy Shakespeare

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Who is mad? Who is sane? Who decides? Welcome to the Dorothy Fish, a hospital in North London. N has been a patient for thirteen years. Day after day she sits smoking in the common room and swapping medication. Like the other patients, N's ambition is never to be discharged. Then in walks Poppy Shakespeare in a short skirt and snakeskin heels. Poppy is certain she isn't mentally ill and desperate to return to her life outside and, though baffled, N agrees to help her. But in a world where everything's upside down, are they crazy enough to upset the system?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Media tie-in
  • Film tie-in ed
  • 0747597677
  • 9780747597674

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'Poppy Shakespeare has that rare quality: the feel of a book that needed to be written It is bitterly, brutally funny and extraordinarily moving' Telegraph 'Catch-22 meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest an electrifying debut surreal, raucous, infuriating and very funny' Guardian 'The characters, in all their bravado, pathos and absurdity, feel utterly true to life. It is a brave and original piece of work' Patrick McGrath 'Funny, lyrical and deeply affecting Seize this passionate, unsettling, accomplished debut with both hands' Spectatorshow more

About Clare Allan

Clare Allan was the winner of the first Orange/Harpers short-story prize. She lives in London. This is her first novel.show more