Poppy Shakespeare by Clare Allan

About the book

When Poppy Shakespeare walks into the Dorothy Fish Day Hospital in her six-inch skirt & 12-inch heels, she is certain she isn’t mentally ill & is desperate to return to her life outside. Together with another patient, Poppy plots to gain freedom. But in a world where everything’s upside-down, is she crazy enough to upset the system?

Review by October Books reading group:

A good book club choice with lots of points to discuss about the way society deals with mental illness. Funny, sad and thought provoking.

Star rating: ***

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3 thoughts on “Poppy Shakespeare by Clare Allan”

  1. Review by Southampton U3A reading group:
    :A very interesting and moving account of the treatment of mental illness, which although fiction we thought was based on the author’s experience (some members thought the language could be improved).
    Star rating: ***


  2. Review New Forest/Waterside U3A reading group:
    This is an early 21 Century social satire drawing its source techniques widely from the literature of four centuries. The underlying premise is as chilling as Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaiden’s Tale’ prompting the questions 1. could this happen in Britain now, and 2. are we all in some measure conditioned to accept the possibility that it is happening. The transformation of Poppy and N is cleverly achieved and the spoken English of the various characters matched to their institutional names is peerlessly handled. A good subject for a reading group but be cautious to whom it is recommended. Subtly amusing but not a bundle of laughs.
    Star rating: ****


  3. Review by Enjoying Books reading group:
    This gives an insight into mental health by an author who herself experienced ten years of being inside one. The language is difficult with the ‘f’ word so freely expressed but it is an eye opener.
    Star rating: ***


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