Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home


“Told with compassion and humour”

In this, her fourth book with Inspired Quill, Anne Goodwin has drawn on the language and landscapes of her native Cumbria and on the culture of long-stay psychiatric hospitals where she began her clinical psychology career. Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home is about Matty, a woman with delusions of grandeur who’s lived for fifty years in a psychiatric hospital scheduled for closure.

348 pages (87,000 words)

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In the dying days of the old asylums, three paths intersect.

Henry was only a boy when he waved goodbye to his glamorous grown-up sister; approaching sixty, his life is still on hold as he awaits her return. As a high-society hostess renowned for her recitals, Matty’s burden weighs heavily upon her, but she bears it with fortitude and grace. Janice, a young social worker, wants to set the world to rights, but she needs to tackle challenges closer to home.

A brother and sister separated by decades of deceit. Will truth prevail over bigotry, or will the buried secret keep family apart?

In this, her third novel, Anne Goodwin has drawn on the language and landscapes of her native Cumbria and on the culture of long-stay psychiatric hospitals where she began her clinical psychology career.

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Anne Goodwin grew up in the non-touristy part of Cumbria, where this novel is set. When she went to university ninety miles away, no one could understand her accent. After nine years of studying, her first post on qualifying as a clinical psychologist was in a long-stay psychiatric hospital in the process of closing.

Her debut novel, Sugar and Snails, about a woman who has kept her past identity a secret for thirty years, was shortlisted for the 2016 Polari First Book Prize. Her second novel, Underneath, about a man who keeps a woman captive in his cellar, was published in 2017. Her short story collection on the theme of identity, Becoming Someone,  was published in November 2018. Anne is also a book blogger battling disreputable fictional therapists and inaccurate portrayals of mental health matters.

You can learn more about Anne Goodwin by visiting her author page here on the IQ website.

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Anne Goodwin
Category: Literary Fiction
Release Date: May 2021

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-913117-05-4
Pages: 348
RRP: £9.99 / 12.99€ / $14.99

Format: eBook (MOBI & ePUB)
ISBN: 978-1-913117-06-1
RRP: £3.49 / 3.99€ / $3.99


Interested in reviewing Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home (or one of our others titles)? Check out our Book Reviewers Page!

How long can the stories we tell ourselves protect us?  In Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home, Anne Goodwin peels back the narratives, revealing a common wound. Told with compassion and humour, this is Zeitgeist literary fiction from a former NHS clinical psychologist whose novels not only entertain but offer hope.

– Mia Farlane, author of Footnotes to Sex

A fantastic novel about a tough topic, which highlights the changes in mental health policy and forces us to remember we are all vulnerable and we should fight to ensure that nobody is ever left behind.

Olga Núñez Miret, author, translator and psychiatrist

Anne Goodwin gives us an authentic look at trapped lives within the stifling world of the long-stay psychiatric asylum, institutions that are disestablished now but which still cast long shadows into our present.

– Rod Madocks, author of Ship of Fools: Stories From The Mental Health Front Line

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