The Bird of Night by Susan Hill

"The Bird of Night" is a historical novel that explores the life of a brilliant, but mentally unstable poet named Francis Croft in 20th-century England. Told through the perspective of his friend and caretaker, Harvey, the book delves into the complexities of their relationship, the struggles of mental illness, and the cost of genius. As Francis' condition deteriorates, Harvey is left to grapple with the moral and emotional toll of caring for a troubled genius. The novel is a poignant exploration of love, friendship, sacrifice, and the destructive power of mental illness.

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