Inside the Beautiful Inside


A marine without his ship. A man without his liberty.

When the locks can’t hold James Norris they chain him, and when the chains won’t stay James Norris they fix him to a stake. But they still can’t take the thoughts out of his head. He is a man shackled to his own tragedies: the commission he never took; the family and friends he lost; the lover who betrayed him.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest meets Mutiny on the Bounty – an exploration of love, sanity, suffering, and compassion. Based on the true story of James Norris, an American marine who was chained to a stake for fourteen years in Bethlem, Hospital for the Insane (1800-15).

Will James Norris find what he is hunting for? Can he ever sail free?


‘Madness, freedom, love, rebellion and compassion in C18th Bedlam, post Mutiny on the Bounty. Emily Bullock has dazzling talent. AMANDA CRAIG

‘A turbulent and thrilling voyage on the high seas of madness.’ ANN MORGAN, Beside Myself, Crossing Over.



Praise for Emily Bullock’s debut novel, The Longest Fight:

‘The backdrop of postwar London is splendidly done – all crusted soot and swirling fog – and the boxing scenes have a terrific vigour and excitement.’ The Times

‘Captivating in its beautiful portrayal of grief and love… Page by page, Jack and his life become all the more real, until he fills the reader’s imagination and the novel can’t be put down. Brilliantly written, genuinely engaging: a great read.’ Press Association

‘In her story about redemption and hope, Bullock’s writing is as taut as the fighters in her ring.’ Historical Novels Review

Book Details


198mm x 129mm








September 24th 2020


Emily Bullock