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  • Eloquent, compassionate, and utterly absorbing . . . The Last Asylum is the best sort of memoir, transcending the purely personal to confront a larger social history

    Sarah Waters
  • Beautiful . . . it is hard to write well enough about this book because it is so good

    Susie Orbach, Independent
  • A wise, considered and timely book

    Hilary Mantel
  • Moving, brave and intelligent

    Susan Hill, The Times
  • Superb. Riveting, insightful and relentlessly honest

    Darian Leader
  • An impressive book, strong on narrative, deeply felt and measured in tone... The Last Asylum will stand the test of time.

    Literary Review
  • A gripping (often painful) account of madness, a fascinating description of psychoanalysis, a historical reflection on asylums and a meditation of the interrelationships between care and cure... Unsparing [and] subtly theoretical, an endeavor not only worth reading, but worth emulating.

    LA Review of Books
  • A fascinating if harrowing journey . . . Taylor is a deft and engaging historian

    Washington Post
  • Barbara Taylor's [memoir] is not to be missed . . . An extraordinarily measured, fascinating and honest account, that stands out within the genre... Her book can be compared with Helen Macdonald's H is for Hawk . . . Barbara Taylor is to be applauded for an important and original contribution


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