An Unsound Mind

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1920s & '30s

Rolf Söderlind

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This novella is loosely based on a tragedy that took place in 1933 in the very house where the author now lives. A Scottish girl seeks employment as a house parlour maid in Devon, England where she finds herself under scrutiny and suspicion.


Historical Fiction, Suspense / Thriller, Drama,

Short Summary

There is a conflict between the mistress, Mrs Clifford, and Mairi the maid. A £1 note is missing and Mrs Clifford mistakenly accuses Mairi of theft. The girl, depressed, kills herself, but her spirit haunts the woman and the Cliffords move out.

Mrs Clifford, seeking redemption, spends the rest of her life as a charity worker and the Cliffords invest £25,000 in a charity providing education to young women in service.


Torquay, Devon, England

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Twist, Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Mairi Craig

Age: 20

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Underdog,Insecure

Additional Character Details

Name: Amanda is the cook in the house and Mairi's confidant.

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Aspiring,Charming,Decisive,Leader

Additional Character Details

Name: Mrs Clifford

Age: 35

Gender: Female

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive

Additional Character Details

Name: Mr Clifford

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: tempter

Key Traits: Aspiring,Charming,Confident,Leader

Development Pitch

About The Author

A Swedish national, Rolf Soderlind reported news from about 20 countries on four continents as a foreign correspondent for Reuters and the Associated Press. He later worked as an English-language teacher, training business people in Europe and the United States to write better corporate English. Rolf, who lives in Torquay, Devon, nowadays writes fiction. Two.books of his are available on, including a Nordic noir novel called Kajsa's Last Bullet, which is about Sweden's refugee crisis, and An Unsound Mind, a novella that is based on a tragedy that took place in his home in Torquay in 1933. Rolf has turned the novella into a screen play that is listed on Taleflick. In addition, he recently finished The Lip Reader, a historical novel about a fictitious plot to kill Queen Victoria at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851 for which he is now seeking a publisher.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available



ISBN-13: 978-1999807511

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