Author's note: For some of the details in this story, I am indebted to Gillian Bouras who kindly visited the Freud Museum at my request and supplied me with pictures and detailed descriptions.
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yCertifiable Truths : Stories of Love and MadnessJane Messer
St Leonards:Allen and Unwin,1998Z3102641998anthology short story extract Here is a collection, diverse in its understanding, that moves between the skilful and ingenuous ragged horror of the loss of one's 'right' mind, to more writerly examinations where all the ingenuity of the writer has been utilised. There is little of the self-help book here, nothing of the 'cure' on offer. Some of the writers have experienced madness themseleves, others have imaginatively engaged with the experience, its effects, history or institutions; some of these stories celebrate madness, delighting in the insights and surprises it has to offer. (Publisher blurb)St Leonards:Allen and Unwin,1998
Enter the world of a murdered socialite, be consumed by rural madness, be ignited by the longings of an obsessive optometrist, engrossed by unorthodox book-binding, and moved by a heartbreaking meditation on the Oklahoma bombings. With its bewitching language, full of subtle harmonies and rhythms, The Essential Bird takes the reader on a voyage that delights, amazes and fascinates. Carmel Bird weaves fact, fantasy and history into a shimmering fabric of fiction that creates a world of hyper-reality both tender and profound. (Source: back cover)