Lunatic asylums were an inescapable hangover of Victorian Britain and they harnessed a certain stigma borne from an environment of fear and shame as well as the great unknown.
For many families the asylum system helped create their darkest ‘skeletons’, and for Thomas (Tommy) Compton, it was unforgiving. In 1929 he was 23 years old when his mother had him sent to the Brookwood Lunatic Asylum in Surrey, his only ailment - a simple speech defect.
Based on Tommy’s own diary notes, The Asylum Soul is a disturbing account of an innocent young life ripped apart by unthinkable institutional failings, false hope and ultimate family betrayal.
"It’s not often that we expect a debut novel to be a must-read bestseller, but an early synopsis of Mal Foster’s ‘The Asylum Soul’ suggests just that!" – Market Square Press
"Fiction from deep within the bowels of untold history." – Mal Foster (Author)
"It's got a sombre Channel 4 drama look to it, which shows it's a disturbing tale but also a terrific story. It has an almost movie-poster feel. One of the things that struck me is that the story would make a great period movie." – James Willis (Book Cover Designer/Spiffing Covers)
Out soon! – Available in paperback and e-formats from lulu.com and Amazon Kindle.
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