History of Present Complaint by HLR: cover / blurbs / reviews / pre-order

My debut prosetry collection History of Complaint will be released in print and digital on Friday 26th February 2021 (just over 2 weeks time!) and I’m delighted to share a bit more about the book with you!

Title: History of Present Complaint
Author: HLR
Publisher: Close To The Bone Publishing (UK)
Editor/designer: Craig Douglas
Release date: 26/02/2021
Genres: poetry-prose hybrid, memoir, creative non-fiction


After a traumatic psychotic episode, a nameless young woman recounts past psychiatric crises in an attempt to make sense of her present and fight for her future.

A genre-defying debut collection of prosetry, History of Present Complaint reveals the devastating reality of living with chronic mental illness. HLR writes of the human experience in her distinctive style: knock-out blows of blistering truths are tempered with shots of sardonic British humour, and the lines between fact and fiction, safety and danger, sanity and insanity are blurred beyond recognition through her bold poetry and sharp prose.

History of Present Complaint is a damning depiction of under-funded public mental health services and serves a vital role in giving a voice to the voiceless, shining a light on the darkest corners of the human condition and forcing the reader to see what has been there all along.

A brutal and beautiful work exploring mental illness, grief, suffering and mortality, History of Present Complaint will appeal to fans of Plath’s The Bell Jar, Juliet Escoria’s Black Cloud and 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane.

Advance reviews:

“A brave and raw debut that transgresses boundaries and will evoke a deep-seated grief and ache within any reader… combines brutal reality with stunning imagery to convey trauma, heartbreak and grief in a way which Plath’s The Bell Jar never achieved… purposeful imagery and structural formatting is not gratuitous but explores the disassociation and obsession of a panicked mind, to reveal the frightening hold mental illness can have. A masterpiece to be read, savoured and experienced anew.”

Kristiana Reed, author of Between the Trees and Flowers on the Wall

“HLR could possibly be one of the most exciting poets of her generation. A collection of guttural cries from the unravelling depths of a human being, this book is horrifying. The purity of this collection is its lack of pretention, self-consciousness and formula… it’s real, and it pulls you by the throat into the vortex that is trauma. Written by someone who is more naturally gifted at writing than 99.9% of poets out there today, this isn’t something you can forget, and you’d better not try.”

Candice Louisa Daquin, Senior Editor, Indie Blu(e) Publishing

Pre-order (digital):

If you’d like to pre-order the digital version of History of Present Complaint (to be released 26/02) you can do so now by following this link:


HoPC is in a fixed layout format – please check that this formatting is compatible with your e-reading device before pre-ordering.


Available for purchase online on Friday 26th February via Amazon, http://bookgoodies.com/a/B08VTLFYNY or directly from me.


Thank you all for supporting me on my writing journey. Though I’ve been writing and having my work published for so many years, this is my first full-length work and it means a lot to me – I’m excited (and slightly terrified) to have it out in the world at the end of this month and, if you decide to read it, I hope that you like it.

H xx


  1. It feel like several life times I have waited for a collection of HLR and now … so close. I am .. well you know how I am. But more importantly YOU ARE incredible and I will never stop being proud of that – and telling you ‘I told you so’ over and over again.

    1. Awwwhhhhhh my amazing Cand, this time next week it’ll be out in the world!! Exciting stuff!! Will post your review first week in March, feel free to share it wherever you like ☺ thank you so much for all your support. Lots of love to you darling xxxxx

  2. Excuse my ignorance, but is it also available in paperback? If it’s only on Kindle then I’ll get that but it’d be wonderful to have a book of yours! ❤

      1. Oh that’s great! I’m so happy for you and excited to get a book of yours. Love to you! ❤

      2. I’ve just read the other comments here and would love to have a signed copy. Should I message you nearer the 26th re. that?

      3. Aww wonderful! Please send me your email address and I’ll drop you a message next Friday ☺☺ xxxx

    1. Aaaahh thank you Tara! I’m excited/nervous and I really hope you like it. Hope you’re keeping safe and sane amid ~all this~ ❤

    1. Aww Becky thank you 💜 there’s not much difference really – if you get a copy directly from me I’ll write a personal message and it’ll be sent by Royal Mail – just thought I’d offer an alternative for people who are anti-Amazon! Hope you’re keeping well xx

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