The Maddest Place on Earth

Jill Giese

Gold-rich Melbourne was booming but Victoria had the highest rate of insanity in the world. Was it the antipodean sun, gold mania or excessive masturbation? The true story of colonial Victoria's quest to cure insanity unfolds through the lives of three English newcomers: a gifted artist; an ambitious doctor; and a mysterious undercover journalist.
Date Published :
July 2020
Publisher :
Arden
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Paperback
ISBN : 9781925984620
Pages : 220
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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Gold-fuelled Melbourne was booming, but dwelling in the fault lines of the proud young colony was an alarming fact – Victoria had the highest rate of insanity in the world. Was it the antipodean sun, gold mania, excessive masturbation, the heady pace of modern life?

The true story of colonial Victoria’s quest to cure insanity unfolds through the lives of three English newcomers – a gifted artist, exiled from his homeland for his madness; an ambitious doctor, bringing enlightened treatment ideals to his post in charge of the overflowing asylum; and a mysterious undercover journalist, who sensationally exposed the lunatics’ plight in Melbourne’s press.

Amid the clamor of fraught endeavors and maddened minds, the story reveals unexpected hope, creativity and ennobling humanity – and surprising contemporary relevance as we continue to grapple with this ancient human malady.

About The Author
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Jill Giese is a clinical psychologist and writer, who lives and works in Melbourne. Her extensive career in mental health encompasses many years of clinical practice, as well as executive roles in communications, policy and advocacy. A lifelong interest in the creative arts and their enlightening influences has fostered her first book, The Maddest Place on Earth.

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