Susie Wild, short story writer, recommends

(CLASSIC: from The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories, OUP)

Part psychological horror, part before-her-time stream-of-consciousness. This is a classic short that doesn’t date: the evocative language still resonates today. Based on her own experiences of depression and the rest cure – where she was prevented from working – during which the writer and journalist experienced a deeper nervous breakdown. ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ is a fictionalised, chilling account of her unravelling mental health.

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(MODERN: from Mud, Virago)

I adore this collection, so inventive, so clever. I also recommend ‘Easy as ABC’ from the same collection. I stumbled upon this sunny yellow book in the library, and now I am working my way through her brilliant back catalogue.

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