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Madwoman: Nellie Bly

Madwoman: Nellie Bly

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Madwoman‘ is based on Nellie’s life but, as tends to be the case, there are gaps the author has had to fill in herself. The filth, brutality amounting to torture, near-starvation diet, and lack of any reading material or activities made this a fearsome, harrowing place to be confined. It made me angry, it made me sad, it made me proud… Nellie Bly was an exceptional woman and it makes me happy to know that she fought for those women who didn’t have a voice.

After encountering difficulties in finding employment she conceives an audacious plan to expose the treatment of women in an asylum on Blackwells Island New York.She had promised her two friends that she would work towards their legal release but learned to her sorrow, that both had died.

As a young girl she gives us glimpses of the trailblazer she will become and little Nelly - or Pinks as she is then known - is a fierce and outspoken tomboy who doesn’t fit in and wants much more than to just be somebody’s wife. The story of Nellie Bly, a young woman journalist who fakes mental breakdown and goes to an asylum undercover, is fascinating and brutal. I must confess I’d never heard of Nellie Bly but I’m glad I picked up ‘Madwoman‘ and got to know her. By this time in the novel I was championing Nelly so strongly, I almost had a placard in my hands and felt like standing on a box in the middle of Roosevelt island to tell the world what she was doing and why. Despite the social shame that would result from a divorce Nellie's mother divorces her husband which results in greaterpenury but physical safety for the family.

One of the summer’s most hotly anticipated novels… The book’s themes of attitudes to mental health, and women having to fight for professional success are strikingly relevant today. In this compelling tribute to a fearless young reporter of Victorian New York, Treger brings to vivid life the way one woman's broken past gives her the strength to expose the many horrors faced by others left to rot in an asylum. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Characters speak in a way no real people would have, with educated and noneducated, native speakers and emigrants all sounding the same. But when the asylum door swings shut behind her, she finds herself in a place of horrors, governed by a harshness and cruelty she could never have imagined.



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