by Barbara Taylor - £9.99 Penguin Books Ltd (2015)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780241951828 | ISBN 10: 0241951828
The Last Asylum is Barbara Taylor's haunting memoir of her journey through the UK mental health system.
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In July 1988, Barbara Taylor, then an acclaimed young historian, was admitted to what had once been England's largest psychiatric institution: Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum, later known as Friern Hospital.
This searingly honest, thought-provoking and beautifully written memoir is the story of the author's madness years, set inside the wider story of the death of the asylum system in the twentieth century. It is a meditation on her own experience of breakdown and healing, but also that of the millions of other people who have suffered, are suffering, will suffer mental illness.
(Price & availability last checked: February 2015)