This week’s Nonfiction November prompt is hosted by Sarah’s Book Shelves and the topic is book pairings, matching fiction to non-fiction books. I often seek out books on a topic covered by a novel, even if I don’t get round to reading them! Here are two pairs I really do recommend though:
If you read The Ballroom by Anna Hope…
…try Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty and the Mad-Doctors in Victorian England by Sarah Wise.
It’s really quite shocking how asylums were used to lock people away, for all sorts of reasons. The Ballroom follows a couple in a Yorkshire asylum and the doctor with very Victorian ideas on what should be done with mad people. Sarah’s Wise’s well researched book on the same subject, follows lots of difference cases of lost liberty and using madness as an excuse.
If you read Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne…
…try The Man Who Couldn’t Stop by David Adam.
Am I Normal Yet? actually does an amazing job at dispelling myths about OCD but it’s also eye-opening to read David’s memoir, where OCD took over his life. He tries to explain how unwanted thoughts happen and, in the case of OCD, spiral out of control, as well as his coping mechanisms.
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