The Wooden Doctor
By Margiad Evans
Edited by Sue Asbee
"...if my pen has ever done anything for Wales it is honoured."
First published in 1933, this is the story of Arabella, an adolescent girl who is obsessed with her doctor. From a childhood blighted by a violent, alcoholic father, Arabella grows up into a passionate young woman impatient of any restraints. Misunderstood by all around her, she is desperate for the security and peace she associates with the young Irish doctor and she develops a strange illness which she likens to a fox inside her, biting and tearing her flesh. Her condition, it seems, is incurable.
Margiad Evans (1909–1958) established a reputation as an Anglo-Welsh writer early on in her life. By the age of twenty-five she had published four novels and was known for her brilliant descriptions of the natural world. Her literary career was cut tragically short when she died of a brain tumour aged just forty-seven.
Foreword: Sue Asbee
Categories: Fiction, Novels, Welsh Women's Classics
First Published by Honno: 16th February 2005