Disordered Minds by Minette Walters

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In 1970, Harold Stamp, a retarded twenty-year-old was convicted on disputed evidence and a retracted confession of brutally murdering his grandmother – the one person who understood and protected him. Less than three years later he is dead, driven to suicide by isolation and despair. A fate befitting a murderer, perhaps, but what if he were innocent?

Thirty years on, Jonathan Hughes, an anthropologist specialising in social stereotyping, comes across the case by accident. He finds alarming disparities in the evidence and has little doubt that Stamp’s conviction was a terrible miscarriage of justice. But how far is Hughes prepared to go in the search for justice? Is the forgotten story of one friendless young man compelling enough to make him leave his books and face his own demons?

And with what result? If Stamp didn’t murder Grace Jeffries then somebody else did . . . and sleeping dogs are best left alone . . .

Reviewed by Totton 1

We didn’t enjoy this book. Hard to engage with and a bit messy”

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The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan

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Gwenni Morgan is not like any other girl in this small Welsh town. Inquisitive, bookish and full of spirit, she can fly in her sleep and loves playing detective. So when a neighbour mysteriously vanishes, and no one seems to be asking the right questions, Gwenni  decides to conduct her own investigation. She records everything she sees and hears: but are her deductions correct? What is the real truth? And what will be the consequences of finding out, for Gwenni, her family and her community?

 

Reviewed by Alton U3A Book Club

Thought provoking and touching. Illustrates difficulties of living with people with mental problems. There were loose ends – what happened next? – but enough was revealed to be satisfying

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Grace Williams Says it Loud by Emma Henderson

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The doctors said no more could be done and advised Grace’s parents to put her away.

On her first day at the Briar Mental Institute, Grace, aged eleven, meets Daniel.

Debonair Daniel, an epileptic who can type with his feet, sees a different Grace: someone to share secrets and canoodle with, someone to fight for.

A deeply affecting, spirit-soaring story of love against the odds.

 

Reviewed by Stubbington Book Ends

“An unusual and engaging story full of sadness. Love, horror and hope”

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