Beyond the Glass Author:Antonia White The year is 1921 — Clara Batchelor, the heroine of Frost in May, The Lost Traveller and The Sugar House is now twenty-two. — Her brief marriage to Archie over, Clara returns to her parent's home, a Catholic home the confines of which have formed a dangerous barrier between herself and the real world. Clara sees herself forever imprisoned behind a... more » glass wall of guilt and repression, longing for, yet terrified of, the bright human world beyond. When she escapes into a strange, passionate love affair with Richard Crayshaw, their extraordinary happiness erodes Clara's fragile sense of identity - the glass wall shatters and she descends into madness . . .
Beyond the Glass, a compelling account of going mad, being mad and recovering from madness, is Antonia White's greatest novel, acclaimed for its portrayal of insanity as an understandable, even enriching experience. First published in 1954 it completes the trilogy sequel to Frost in May which began with The Lost Traveller and The Sugar House, each a novel complete in itself, all four published by Virago. Together they represent brilliant portrait of the growth to maturity of a young Catholic girl in the first decades of this century.« less