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Mad Barbara

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Mad Barbara is a gripping and emotional novel that follows the story of a woman struggling with inner demons and societal expectations. The protagonist, Barbara, is a complex and troubled character who grapples with her own sanity and the expectations placed upon her by those around her.

The author, Warwick Deeping, does an excellent job of delving into Barbara's psyche and exploring the complexities of mental illness and the stigma surrounding it. The story is both heart-wrenching and thought-provoking, as it forces readers to confront their own prejudices and preconceived notions about mental health.

Deeping's prose is eloquent and evocative, drawing readers into Barbara's world and immersing them in her struggles and triumphs. The novel is a poignant exploration of the human experience and the power of love, resilience, and forgiveness in overcoming adversity.

Overall, Mad Barbara is a powerful and moving novel that will leave readers with a newfound appreciation for the strength of the human spirit. It is a must-read for anyone looking for a thought-provoking and emotional story that will stay with them long after they turn the final page.

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It is the last quarter of the eighteenth century and a young woman discovers the body of her murdered father. In her grief, she tries to make sense of why this sweet man, beloved by all, was struck down and, unlike her mother, is unable to put the incident behind her and return to society. Her lack of interest in romance, the theatre and parties convinces her mother and a family friend that Barbara is sinking into madness. But Barbara is determined to uncover her father's murderer at any cost. Could the perpetrator have been her childhood friend, a man for whom her feelings are confused? And is Barbara really mad, or does the madness belong to another? This book was also published under the title of These White Hands.

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