Monday, 8 March 2021

#BlogBlitz A Prescription for Madness by Linda Fawke


It's the Blog Blitz for A Prescription for Madness by Linda Fawke

About the Author

Linda Fawke is an arts person who studied science but always wanted to write. Now retired, she indulges this passion, writing fiction and non-fiction, even occasional poetry, preferably late at night. She has now written two novels, 'A Taste of his own Medicine' and its sequel, 'A Prescription for Madness' using her background in pharmacy as the setting of both. These are easy books to read, suitable for Book Club discussions. ' A Prescription for Madness' is more serious than the first book, dealing with such issues as pregnancy in later life and Down's Syndrome.

She has been a winner of the Daily Telegraph 'Just Back' travel-writing competition and has published in various magazines including 'Mslexia', 'Litro' online, 'Scribble', 'The Oldie', 'Berkshire Life' and 'Living France'. She was a finalist in the 'Hysteria' short story competition.

Linda blogs at where her 'Random Writings' include a range of topics from travel to 'Things that pop into my head'.

About the book

When successful business-owner Kate Shaw realises she is pregnant, after a fling with a previous lover, she has life-changing decisions to make. She needs to be in control of her life. Pregnancy in her fifties was never part of the plan. It becomes her secret.

The risks of having a baby at her age are clear but she struggles with the idea of an abortion. No-one understands her increasingly erratic behaviour as the preoccupation takes over her life.

Her marriage is precarious; the relationship with her former lover uncertain. Is this the way to madness?


Kate Shaw finds herself in a bit of a pickle. A bout of illness turns out to be an unexpected pregnancy. The problem is that the baby-daddy could be someone other than her partner. A husband who seems to be very distracted lately, perhaps he has secrets of his own.

Kate finds it increasingly difficult to hide both her situation and resign herself to the truth of it. It starts to rattle her so much that she thinks she is going slightly mad. Such a life-changing decision is enough to throw anyone into a state of chaos and confusion. Keep the baby - get an abortion? What should she do?

Overall it could do with a little more depth,  especially when it comes to the topics at hand. The stories of women at a certain age tend to sink into obscurity and certainly when it comes to women who get pregnant when they are middle-aged. It comes with it's own set of physical and psychological issues, which are completely different to a woman in her younger years.

This is very much a story about a woman discovering what she wants from life, and finally understanding that she doesn't want to be complacent and settle for what society expects her to settle for. It's okay to want more, to want a fulfilled relationship and life. Five decades doesn't mean it's time for the scrapheap or that you come with your own invisibility cloak as an older woman. You are still lovable, sexually attractive and visible to society in general - even if the majority of people treat you like your time is up.

Buy A Prescription for Madness at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Buy at Amazon com. 


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