Inside the Beautiful Inside
by Emily Bullock
The sensual and lyrical tale of one man’s lonely Odyssey. Inspired by a true story.
James Norris: US Marine (1785-90), inmate of Bethlem Hospital for the Insane (1800-15).
1800, Bethlem Hospital for the Insane. James Norris, an American Marine is without his ship and without his freedom. After a violent incident, he is moved to solitary confinement, his body chained to a stake for fourteen years, his mind shackled to its own tragedies: the commission he never took; the brother he lost; the friend he rescued but who then betrayed him; the lover who lied to him; the life that could have been his. An intricate and compelling first-person narrative that elegantly shifts between present, past, dream and vision, and finally fusing together Norris’ mind, a man with a love for the sea, a cat called Davey and the unfaithful Ruth.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest meets Mutiny on the Bounty, this astonishing novel is an extraordinary exploration of betrayal, love, sanity, suffering, and compassion.
'Startlingly original and poetic-Bullock combines horror and brutality with unexpected moments of tenderness .' OBSERVER 'The voice she gives to Norris as memories and delusions meld in his disintegrating mind is a haunting one. SUNDAY TIMES
Emily Bullock won the Bristol Short Story Prize with her story ‘My Girl’, which was also broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She worked in film before pursuing writing full time. Her short stories have been included in collections such as A Short Affair (Scribner, 2018), May You The Walter Swan Prize Anthology 2018, Remembering Oluwale: An Anthology 2016, and Bath Short Story Prize Anthology 2014. She has an MA in Creative Writing and completed her PhD at the Open University, where she teaches Creative Writing. She is also currently a visiting lecturer at the University of East London. Her debut novel, The Longest Fight (Myriad, 2015), was shortlisted for the Cross Sports Book Awards and listed in The Independent’s Paperbacks of the Year
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- Publisher Everything with Words
- Publication Date October 2020
- Orginal LanguageEnglish
- ISBN/Identifier 9781911427193
- Publication Country or regionUnited Kingdom
- Publish StatusPublished
- Copyright Year2020
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