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The Gallery of Miracles and Madness


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Charlie English is the former head of international news at the Guardian. A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, he is the author of The Snow Tourist and the widely acclaimed The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu. He lives in London.


'A superbly told story of worlds colliding ...There's so much that's wonderful about this book; it's hard to know where to start heaping praise. It is by turns intriguing, tragic, horrifying and occasionally funny'
The Times

'English has written a terrific book, taut and thematic ... As beautiful as it is bleak'

'Engrossing ...The work of these artists, much of which miraculously survived the war, lives on as testament to the variety of human experience, and of ways to communicate what it feels like to be alive'

'Compelling ... The twin strands of Hitler's thinking on art and racial purity draw remorselessly together ... Memorable'
Literary Review

'A riveting tale, brilliantly told'
Philippe Sands

'A fascinating new book'
Daily Mail

'Fascinating ... Journalist English unpacks Hitler's mad campaign against mentally ill artists ... English's story feels strikingly relevant. While shedding new light on this piece of history, English also provides a cautionary tale for the future'
Publishers Weekly

'An extraordinary, deeply researched work which is a testament to the Prinzhorn artists'
The Tablet

'Perhaps only in 1920s Weimar Germany where expressionism and dadaism were exploring the dark sides of sex and fantasy could the art of the mentally ill first get its due. And perhaps only in Germany could the story Charlie English tells so well have ended in such horror. English takes us through uncharted artistic waters in a narrative of great humanity: a gripping journey into art, madness and modern history'
Jonathan Jones, author of Sensations

'Dazzling ... This poignant narrative centres on the complicated psychiatrist Hans Prizhorn and the eccentric patient artists whose work helped usher in a new epoch of the modernist avant-garde only to become fodder for Hitler's hateful ideology of "degeneration". Richly wrought, and deeply researched'
Susannah Cahalan, author of Brain on Fire

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