It was really great to get a picture of what anxiety can be like to live with; how it feels, and how easy it can be to misunderstand an anxious person. I found that element of this book fascinating and helpful. Otherwise, I found it confused and confusing, contradictory and scattered. There are many more questions in the book, than answers, but perhaps the journey will be helpful to other travellers.
Another solid story in this series of books about Dody, a female autopsy surgeon in Victorian London. This story focused on the suffragette movement and the treatment of female mental patients. The story made me squirm in places as practices towards female patients was rudimentary, the thought that female mental health was totally connected to their sexual organs and removal of those organs did wonders is preposterous! There was not as strong a story line in this volume but I enjoyed learning about early medical practice and am glad times have changed.
Three and a half stars for this dreamlike, poetic, disturbing little book. Hester is kept at home by her cracked religious parents, knowing nothing of the outside world; with only household objects for friends. Her journey to adulthood is sad, frightening, horrific and somehow hauntingly beautiful. Not for the faint hearted, this is a dark book, but with shots of bright colour.