Plaudits for The Madwoman’s Coat

We’re delighted that Ian Reid’s fifth novel, The Madwoman’s Coat, has been longlisted for the prestigious ARA Historical Novel Prize! For more details, see:  https://hnsa.org.au/2021-ara-historical-novel-prize-longlists-announced/

This outstanding novel has already attracted praise from a number of reviewers:

The Madwoman’s Coat contains all the moral questioning and conundrums that have become the hallmark of this author’s works and is not unlike embroidery itself in its twists, knots and flourishes… a thought-provoking examination of a woman who is a victim not just of her own failings but also her time and place.” — Historical Novels Review

“In The Madwoman’s Coat Ian Reid consolidates his reputation for absorbing historical fiction. He draws imaginatively from the history of late nineteenth-century England and Western Australia, and from old Icelandic mythology, to create a fast-paced narrative that explores gender and class, love and insanity.” — WritingWA

Other critical acclaim includes:

“This novel is in the first rank” — Nicholas Hasluck

“I’m immensely impressed” — Andrew Taylor

“Superb. Lively. Emotive. Brilliant creation” — Anne Robinson

“Totally captivating” — Helen Wildy

“Held me in thrall from the get-go” — Tangea Tansley

“The storyline becomes more and more gripping” — Michael Stanford

“A wonderful and extraordinary novel” — Edith Moore

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