About this book
A historical novel about the 19th century poet John Clare, and his wife Patty, who tries to keep their love alive despite Clare's descent into madness. Allnatt is herself a poet, and the author of the novel "A Mile Of River".
It is 1841. Patty is married to John Clare: peasant poet, genius and madman. Travelling home one day, Patty finds her husband sitting, footsore, at the side of the road, having absconded from a lunatic asylum over eighty miles away. Hopeful that his condition has improved, she takes his hands in delight but he fails to recognize her.