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Paperback 432 Pages / Published: 25/04/2013
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Outside London behind a stone wall stands Lake House, a private asylum for genteel women of a delicate nature. In the winter of 1859, recently-married Anna Palmer becomes its newest arrival, tricked by her husband into leaving home, incarcerated against her will and declared hysterical and unhinged. With no doubts as to her sanity, Anna is convinced that she will be released as soon as she can tell her story.

But Anna learns that liberty will not come easily. The longer she remains at Lake House, the more she realises that -- like the ethereal bridge over the asylum's lake -- nothing is as it appears. She begins to experience strange visions and memories that may lead her to the truth about her past, herself, and to freedom - or lead her so far into the recesses of her mind that she may never escape...

Set in Victorian England, as superstitions collide with a new psychological understanding, this elegant, emotionally suspenseful debut novel is a tale of self-discovery, secrets, and a search for the truth in a world where the line between madness and sanity seems perilously fine.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 9780857209290
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 302 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 28 mm

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“Brilliant and important historical novel”

It is 1859 when Anna Palmer is cruelly incarcerated against her will by her husband Vincent in a Victorian asylum near London named Lake House. This private asylum houses genteel women supposedly needing a rest and a... More

Hardback edition
16th November 2012
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“Behind closed doors...”

This is a brilliant debut novel, beautifully woven together. Wallace quickly draws you into the Victorian world of asylums with a subtlety of storytelling that makes the cruelty and injustice all the more believable... More

Paperback edition
9th August 2013
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“Excellent first novel”

The Painted Bridge begins in London, in the winter of 1859. Anna Palmer is tricked by her husband and incarcerated in a private asylum called Lake House. As she sets out to prove her sanity, she gradually gets to know... More

Hardback edition
15th May 2012
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