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Poppy Shakespeare

(2006)
A novel by

 
Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
Who is mad? Who is sane? Who decides? Welcome to the Dorothy Fish, a day hospital in North London! N has been a patient here for thirteen years. Day after day she sits smoking in the common room, swapping medication and comparing mad money rates. Like all the patients at the Dorothy Fish, N's chief ambition is never to get discharged. Each year when her annual assessment comes round, she is relieved to learn that she hasn't got any better. Then in walks Poppy Shakespeare in her six-inch skirt and twelve-inch heels. She is certain she isn't mentally ill and desperate to return to her life outside. Though baffled by Poppy's attitude, N agrees to help. Together they plot to gain Poppy's freedom. But in a world where everything's upside-down, are they crazy enough to upset the system? Funny, brilliant and moving, "Poppy Shakespeare" looks at madness from the inside, questioning our mental health system and the borders we place between sanity and insanity. Written in high-voltage prose, original and troubling, it is a stunning debut.

 
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Used availability for Clare Allan's Poppy Shakespeare


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Hardback Editions

May 2006 : USA Hardback
Title: Poppy Shakespeare: A Novel
Author(s): Clare Allan
ISBN: 1-59691-154-9 / 978-1-59691-154-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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April 2006 : USA Hardback
Title: Poppy Shakespeare
Author(s): Clare Allan
ISBN: 0-385-66214-9 / 978-0-385-66214-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bond Street Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 2006 : UK Hardback
Title: Poppy Shakespeare
Author(s): Clare Allan
ISBN: 0-7475-8046-4 / 978-0-7475-8046-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

March 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: Poppy Shakespeare
Author(s): Clare Allan
ISBN: 0-7475-9767-7 / 978-0-7475-9767-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon UK   

April 2007 : USA Paperback
Title: Poppy Shakespeare
Author(s): Clare Allan
ISBN: 0-385-66215-7 / 978-0-385-66215-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor Canada
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2007 : UK Paperback
Title: Poppy Shakespeare
Author(s): Clare Allan
ISBN: 0-7475-8584-9 / 978-0-7475-8584-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

March 2012 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Poppy Shakespeare
Author(s): Clare Allan
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   

April 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: Poppy Shakespeare
Author(s): Clare Allan
Publisher: Anchor Canada
Availability: Amazon CA   

December 2008 : USA Kindle edition
Title: Poppy Shakespeare: A Novel
Author(s): Clare Allan
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Availability: Amazon   



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