Charles Reade (8 Jun 1814 – 11 Apr 1884) was an English novelist and dramaturg. As an author, he always had an eye to stage effect in scene and situation as well as in dialogue. His first comedy, The Ladies' Battle, appeared at the Olympic Theatre in May 1851. It was followed by Angela (1851), A Village Tale (1852), The Lost Husband (1852), and Gold (1853). Reade's novels were popular, and he was among England's highest-paid novelists. But, many libraries refused to carry his works on the grounds that they were indecent.
Hard cash is a novel by Charles Reade. It emphasizes on how poorly society treats insane and mad men and how little justice there is in such treatment. More importantly, it depicts that such order of thing had a part of British culture of that time. But all that is shown in a light-headed, comic manner. Do you want to know the definition of insanity? Are you ready for an insight into life of a madhouse and its madmen? Read and find out!