A Secret Madness: The Story of a Marriage

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Profile Books, Aug 6, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 414 pages
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In post-war London two girls are relieved to find husbands. One lands the 1950s dream of wealth and security. The other, Elaine, endures fourteen years married to a man with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. At first Elaine finds Gerald's activities curious but manageable. But he grows increasingly withdrawn, sometimes violent. The birth of their daughter heralds a complete breakdown and five years of silence, fear and despair. With startling honesty and great eloquence, Bass describes their poverty, her loneliness, her fears for her child, finding comfort in an affair with the village doctor and how the relationship finally ends. A Secret Madness is a remarkable personal evocation of an era.

 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
11
Section 3
18
Section 4
27
Section 5
43
Section 6
66
Section 7
72
Section 8
84
Section 16
162
Section 17
169
Section 18
174
Section 19
188
Section 20
193
Section 21
198
Section 22
214
Section 23
216

Section 9
98
Section 10
104
Section 11
118
Section 12
124
Section 13
127
Section 14
138
Section 15
154
Section 24
221
Section 25
229
Section 26
236
Section 27
262
Section 28
265
Section 29
266
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About the author (2010)

Elaine Bass is 84 years old. She has two children and lives with her second husband in Norfolk. This is her first book.

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