Mal Foster first published his debut novel The Asylum Soul in
2015, the book has since received many accolades from readers and reviewers and attracted numerous Five Star ratings on Amazon.co.uk, Goodreads and elsewhere. Its often controversial but at times, light-hearted subject matter has also generated worldwide
interest after being highlighted in newspapers, writing related magazines, on the radio, and across social media. "It has a sombre Channel 4 Film/TV drama feel to it," said one top reviewer.
The historical novel is cleverly
written in diary form and tells the story of a young man, Tommy Compton who was incarcerated at the Brookwood Lunatic Asylum in Surrey, in 1929 with a simple speech defect.
Based on Tommy’s own diary notes, the book
is a disturbing account of an innocent young life ripped apart by unthinkable institutional failings, false hope and ultimate family betrayal.'