18.02.08 by Philip Jones writing in The Bookseller:
Two Virago titles were the most reviewed books in last weekend's press (15th-17th February). In terms of space, Lisa Appignanesi's Mad, Bad and Sad: A History of Women and the Mind Doctors from 1800, gets the most, yet it is Linda Grant’s novel The Clothes on their Backs that gets the better critical reception. Hanif Kureishi, writing the lead review in the Financial Times, writes how Appignanesi's "magisterial new book", "brilliantly shows us how, in terms of mental health, we are in danger of coming circle", from the hysterical women exhibited by Freud's mentor Carcot, to those shown on reality TV shows. Woman is dangerous, adds Kureishi.
Michael Arditti writes in the Independent that the novel "is at one a beautifully detailed character study, a poignant family history and a richly evocative portrait of the late 1970s". A "terrific novel", confirms Clare Colvin's Mail on Sunday review. "The novel is above all a quiet masterclass in the perils of hypocrisy."
Most reviewed (15th to 17th February)
Mad, Bad and Sad by Lisa Appignanesi (Virago)"Weakened by the laboured retelling of the stories of famous neurotics" Times"