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Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize ‘A very fine first novel. Dawson writes very well, with a tender awareness of the ironies of her theme and a poetic perception of how tremulous is the...

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Details of The Ha-Ha

Original Title
The Ha-Ha
ISBN13
9780860685753
First Published
1961 year
Edition Format
Hardcover
Number of Pages
192 pages
Book Language
English
Ebook Format
PDF, EPUB

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Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize ‘A very fine first novel. Dawson writes very well, with a tender awareness of the ironies of her theme and a poetic perception of how tremulous is the distinction between the mad world and the sane.' - Glasgow Herald ‘A remarkably talented first novel ... Miss Dawson is neither sentimental nor sensational ...

Her heroine is a con Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize ‘A very fine first novel. Dawson writes very well, with a tender awareness of the ironies of her theme and a poetic perception of how tremulous is the distinction between the mad world and the sane.' - Glasgow Herald ‘A remarkably talented first novel ... Miss Dawson is neither sentimental nor sensational ...

Her heroine is a convincing and sympathetic character, and when her mind begins to shift into the nightmare perspective of schizophrenia the writing creates an atmosphere of quiet terror.' - Observer ‘Cool, short, tender and occasionally as prettily ruthless as the impact of a stiletto heel... twice as alarming because everything is implied rather than explicit.' - Tatler ‘A cool, clever, well-constructed novel about – smoothly speaking – the nature of reality... Miss Dawson writes very well indeed, with remarkable calmness and detachment... [B]rilliant.' - Penelope Mortimer, Sunday Times ‘A little masterpiece.' - Bookman ‘A novel about madness which succeeds completely.' - Daily Telegraph ‘I wanted the knack of existing.

I did not know the rules.' So says Josephine, the heroine of Jennifer Dawson's remarkable novel, an exploration of a young woman's mental illness that met with universal critical acclaim and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize as the best novel of the year. After suffering a breakdown following the death of her mother, Josephine finds herself confined to an institution where patients are ‘treated' by such means as electroshock therapy and lobotomies. But when she falls in love with Alasdair, a fellow patient she meets on the grassy bank of the ha-ha, she decides that her recovery will be on her own defiant terms.

Inspired by the author's personal experiences, The Ha-Ha (1961) remains a moving and powerful examination of mental illness and the treatment of those who suffer from it. This new edition includes an afterword by the author and an introduction by John Sutherland.

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