• "Excellent"

    Kathryn Hughes, Guardian
  • "A fine social history of the people who contested their confinement to madhouses in the 19th century, Wise offers striking arguments, suggesting that the public and juries were more intent on liberty than doctors and families"

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "Action-packed and entertaining… [A] marvellous book"

    Christopher Hirst, i
  • "Fascinating… It has enough tragedy, comedy, farce and horror to fill a dozen fat novels, and enough bizarre characters to people them"

    Suzi Feay, Financial Times
  • "Wise is a terrific researcher and storyteller. Here she has woven a series of case studies into a fascinating history of insanity in the 19th century"

    Kate Summerscale, Guardian Books of the Year

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