The Quickening Maze ~ Adam Foulds

The two main characters in Adam Foulds’ historical novel based on real people and events, are Dr Matthew Allen, the owner of a private hospital for the insane (High Beach Private Asylum), or moderately off – afflicted with ‘madness’. Sometimes the facility was used to hide from society a family embarrassment (at least temporarily). One of the residents of the place is John Clare, the “Peasant Poet.” From these two main characters, the two main story threads spring.

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