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Politics of the Asylum

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Nathan Finewax is a cleaner in a hospital steadily falling apart. He's working on a ward where staff cheat, lie and steal to get ahead, where targets, death tolls and finance overrule patient care, and every day the same mistakes are repeated in a seemingly unstoppable wave of failures. Nathan is sucked deeper into the hospital routine as he dreams of escape, trying to avoid one day becoming a patient himself in this house of horrors. Based on the author's experience working in the NHS, Politics of the Asylum is a nightmare vision of the modern healthcare system. Adam Steiner's challenging debut is a novel for our times, and an emotive and highly original story of people trying to do more than simply exist.

272 pages, Paperback

Published March 8, 2018

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Adam Steiner

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Adam Steiner is a lifeguard, journalist and author. When not saving lives he sits dreaming about all the books he will never write. In 2020 his book Into The Never, a deep dive into the Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral album, was published by Rowman and Littlefield, his first novel, Politics Of The Asylum about a cleaner in a collapsing hospital was published in 2018

He created the Disappear Here poetry film project – 27 x collaborative poetry-films about Coventry Ringroad – and now curates the Living With Buildings series, screening experimental films about people, poetry and place.


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