Hilary Mental (1978, Punk Poet)

In the late 1970s author Hilary Mantel secretly returned from Botswana, where she had decided to live with her husband, geologist Gerald McEwan, to perform at the 100 Club with her friends Rat Scabies and Dave Vanian of the Damned. Scabies christened her ‘Mental’ after her fondness to dance naked in the audience after ‘bombing’ the front row.

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