Saving Lucia by Anna Vaught


The Hon. Violet Gibson shot Mussolini in 1926 and spent the rest of her days in a Mental Hospital. A fellow ‘patient’ was Lucia Joyce, daughter of James. It is a novel inspired by some of the most interesting women in the history of psychiatry, Blanche , Queen of the hysterics in Paris and Annie O, one of Freud's patients,  their identities have been denuded, shaped by the rhetoric’s of men, quick to deem these women 'lunatics', giving voice to individuals whose screams and whispers can no longer be heard.

April 2020