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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, wan
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Paperback, 418 pages
Published May 29th 2021 by Inspired Quill
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Olga Miret
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I arrived in the UK in September 1992. My goal was to qualify as a psychiatrist (I had studied Medicine back home in Barcelona, Spain) and, also, to improve my English. I started working as a junior doctor in psychiatry in February 1993, and Anne Goodwin’s new novel is set (mostly) just a couple of years earlier, at a moment when mental health services in the UK were undergoing a major change. The move from the big old-style asylums —where people who suffered from chronic mental health condition ...more
Stephanie Jane
May 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
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I quickly grew to love the character of Matilda Windsor. She has had to resort to an imagined inner life in order to cope with the extreme unfairness of her life, and I was fascinated by her interpretations of life within the longterm psychiatric institution. Anne Goodwin tells Matilda's story from three viewpoints and I really appreciated how this gave me much deeper insights into British mental health services at a time of great change in t
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Grace J Reviewerlady
Written with real understanding!

Henry has never forgotten his sister Matilda. It’s sixty years since she went away and he has never given up hope of her coming back. Mattie endures days with staff looking after her, the highlights being when she does her recitals. Janice is a young social worker who hasn’t yet become jaded with what she sees on a daily basis and desperately wants to makes changes for the better but has other things to see to first. Will these lives come together and get things s
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Clare Stevens
Apr 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I found this book fascinating. The setting - mostly in a long-term psychiatric institution - is rich and real. It's written partly from the point of view of a young, idealistic social worker keen to give the patients on her caseload a fresh start at a time when such institutions were preparing to close and transfer their inmates to 'care in the community' - and partly from the viewpoint of a woman who's been incarcerated there for many decades. I grew very fond of the little band of patients who ...more
Veronika Jordan
May 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My own experience of mental illness is what attracted me to reading Matilda Windsor is Coming Home. In 1938 my Jewish mother and grandmother escaped from the Nazis in Vienna. Unable to return to their hometown of Bucharest, they made their way to England and settled here in Cheltenham, where I still live. Over her adult life, my mother spent three spells in psychiatric hospitals – the first in the 1950s following the death of my older sister at 17 months and then the birth of my brother and myse ...more
Ilana
Jun 01, 2021 rated it liked it
Books like Matilda Windsor is Coming Home by Anne Goodwin are a noteworthy literary contribution to a topic which deserves a serious reconsideration, not matter the country and the context: mental health, particularly mental health policies.

However, the book is not a nonfiction account of various mental health policies in England. It has a story and lively characters and also a pinch of humour which makes both the story and the characters widely relatable. The book reminded me a lot of old good
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Lel Budge
May 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home is mainly set in a psychiatric hospital for long stay patients. Matilda has been here for decades, sent here as a young woman but now a young idealist social worker has arrived and she’s working to get people back to ‘normal’ lives outside.

This is a beautifully written tale of a world many of us have no idea exists, of a community within the community. I fell in love with Matty and her friends, the odd and peculiar who really just want to get on with life.

It’s also
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Tracey Curzon-Manners
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book will have you breaking your heart one minute and laughing out loud the next. If you've read and enjoyed Elizabeth Is Missing, you won't want to pass on Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home.
Matilda, (or Matty), is as strong and frail a protagonist as the indomitable Maud, with her own unique view on the tragic circumstances of her life and unfair incarceration. I'm still reeling from reading the closing chapters and think it'll take several pots of tea (without sugar) before I fully recover.
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Jessica Jackson
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Moving and funny!

This book is a poignant look at how an innocent girl’s life was transformed, and the quest to find her by the one who truly loved her.

Anne Goodwin somehow makes her tragic story of love and loss a rollicking read. With bitter-sweet observances at every turn, and the use of gently mocking humour, this an absorbing and involving read. I particularly liked her poking fun at the frustrations and time-wasting of work meetings - most of us have been there!

A couple of beautiful quotes:
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Annalisa Crawford
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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There's so much going on in this novel, so many strands which loop and nestle alongside each other, threatening to interweave yet failing. And all the while managing to be an engaging, rewarding story with characters who are real and raw and flawed and trying their best with the lives they've been given.

Matty's story is eked out through moments of clarity wedged between the half-memories she's knitted together to make sense of her situation, leaving the reader as confused and bewildered as the n
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Mia Farlane
Apr 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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:

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Gill Chedgey
Jun 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Given the intrinsic gravity of the subject matter Anne Goodwin has done an impressive job of striking a balance between empathic sensitivity and some light hearted humour. The humour in no way dilutes or detracts from the heart of this novel which looks at the life of one woman incarcerated from early adulthood in a psychiatric institution. Indeed some humour is necessary for without it one’s anger would be hard to contain. Although there is still much more progress needed, attitudes to mental ...more
Cheryl M-M
Jun 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Matilda is a grande dame of drama, an woman with connections and also one who has lived for many decades behind the closed doors of a facility for the mentally ill. A small number of them are long-term residents., which means they fall to the side of the facility they live.

Henry is a man who lives in the past and wants to find the sister who disappeared when he was a young child. He doesn't understand why she didn't keep her promise to come back to him. Others in his small orbit tell him to get
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Sue Spitulnik
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"Matilda Windsor is Coming Home" is not a book to read when you have multiple interruptions or can only read snippets at a time. I tried it that way and failed to understand the various levels of the characters' stories. When I sat in the quiet and got to know Janice, a young idealistic social worker; Henry, an aged brother still dreaming of the day his beautiful sister Tilly will return from where ever she went: and Matilda, Matty to some and Tilly to her brother, I enjoyed the various levels o ...more
Dorothy Winsor
Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home takes place in England around 1990, when patients who have been warehoused in mental hospitals are being rehomed in the community. The book uses several points of view, but the central one is Matilda’s (Matty’s), which is skewed by drugs and 50 years of being locked up with people of varying degrees of sanity. Matty is entertaining and resilient, despite the tragedy and abuse we gradually learn existed in her background. At some point, I wondered if the people outs ...more
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Anne Goodwin writes entertaining fiction about identity, mental health and social justice. She is the author of three novels and short story collection published by small independent press, Inspired Quill. Her debut novel, Sugar and Snails, was shortlisted for the 2016 Polari First Book Prize. Her new novel, Matilda Wi
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