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Virtual Book Club: Introduction

On this blog over the past three years, we have briefly reviewed or referred to many works of classic and contemporary fiction that concern themselves, however elliptically, with mental health issues, including:

  • Murphy by Samuel Becket
  • The Vet’s Daughter by Barbara Comyns
  • Human Traces by Sebastian Faulks
  • The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gilman
  • I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Joanne Greenberg
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  • Ice by Anna Kavan, and
  • Beyond the Glass by Antonia White.

Reviewing this list, and in the knowledge that there are many more novels we would like to read, we have decided to use a thread on this blog to run a virtual book club in 2014. There won’t be any meetings, but we will give blog readers a months' notice of which book we intend to review, and anyone who wants to (anyone in need of a New Year resolution, perhaps) will be welcome to participate by reading along and contributing their own comments to the reviews as they appear. The first novel we will tackle (in the week commencing 10 February) is James Scudamore’s Wreaking. Get reading, everyone!