The Asylum

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Harwood has a gift for creating suspense, apparently effortlessly. Ruth Rendell. A gothic suspense novel that will keep you in its grip until the final page.

Book Setting: Cornwall, England
 
The Asylum, John Harwood

Harwood has a gift for creating suspense, apparently effortlessly. Ruth Rendell. A gothic suspense novel that will keep you in its grip until the final page.

Georgina Ferrars, a young woman living quietly with her uncle in London, wakes to find herself in a private asylum 200 miles away on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, with no memory of the past six weeks. Dr Straker, the charismatic physician in charge, tells her that she has suffered a seizure – and that her name is not Georgina Ferrars, but Lucy Ashton. A telegram from her uncle confirms that Georgina Ferrars is still in London. Her protests only serve to convince the doctors that she is in the grip of ‘hysterical possession', and Georgina is certified insane.

So begins The Asylum, a gothic suspense novel set in late Victorian England. With no friends, no money, and no one she dare trust, Georgina is left with only her stubborn determination to find out what happened during those missing weeks, no matter how terrifying the consequences.

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  • Paperback
    $19.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9781742757285
    Published: 02/06/2014
    Imprint: Vintage Australia
    Extent: 272 pages
  • Trade Paperback
    $32.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9781742757278
    Published: 03/06/2013
    Imprint: Vintage Australia
    Extent: 272 pages
  • eBook
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    ISBN: 9781742757292
    Published: 03/06/2013
    Imprint: RHA eBooks Adult
    Extent: 272 pages
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John Harwood

John Harwood

John Harwood was born in Hobart, Tasmania. Educated in Tasmania and Cambridge, he went on to become Head of the School of English and Drama at Flinders University, Adelaide. He is the author of two books of criticism, Olivia Shakespear and W. B. Yeats and Eliot to Derrida: The Poverty of Interpretation and the novels The Ghost Writer and The Séance.

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