A Spot of Bother

A Spot of Bother

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 07/06/2007
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Synopsis

‘A painful funny humane novel: beautifully written, addictively readable and so confident’ The TimesDiscover this brilliantly comic and moving bestselling novel by the award-winning author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Porpoise.At fifty-seven, George is settling down to a comfortable retirement, building a shed in his garden, reading historical novels, listening to a bit of light jazz. Then Katie, his tempestuous daughter, announces that she is getting remarried, to Ray. The family is not pleased, as her brother Jamie observes, Ray has 'strangler's hands'. Katie can't decide if she loves Ray, or loves the way he cares for her son Jacob, and her mother Jean is a bit put out by the way the wedding planning gets in the way of her affair with one of her husband's former colleagues. And the tidy and pleasant life Jamie has created crumbles when he fails to invite his lover, Tony, to the dreaded nuptials. Unnoticed in the uproar, George discovers a sinister lesion on his hip, and quietly begins to lose his mind.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780099506928
  • Number of pages: 512
  • Weight: 347g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 127 x 30 mm

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A Spot of Bother
A Spot of Bother
Having enjoyed the curious incident, and knowing someone who has had a break down I thought this book would be as insightful and funny as the first, and it... READ MORE
Lorna Towers
A Spot of Bother
A Spot of Bother
The book is incredibly funny in places. The scene where George ends up having a panic attack in a hotel room and then decides to cut away a skin leison fro... READ MORE
Richard Roddy
A Spot of Bother
Fantastic Book
Read The Curious Incident... as part of AS English Literature and loved the book so really wanted to read more of Haddon's work. I found this book very eas... READ MORE
Bookfan2011
A Spot of Bother
A Spot of Bother
This is the story of Kate's wedding. That seems straightforward enough, but she has a mother who is having an affair with her father's ex work colleague. H... READ MORE
Lance Mitchell
A Spot of Bother
Fun, witty and enjoyable
A simple review: You have to buy this, it's great and very, very well written. I recommend it to everyone. Get it.
Stephen McK
A Spot of Bother
Good read, if not brilliant
I first came across Mark Haddon when I picked up 'The Red House'. And the main similarity between the two is that although they are well written and you un... READ MORE
Rob J W
A Spot of Bother
A Spot of Bother
George is newly retired and is finding life difficult there is so much time now to fill and he heads towards having a nervous breakdown. His wife Jean see... READ MORE
sharon rowe
A Spot of Bother
A Spot of Bother
Having really enjoyed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by the same author I was looking forward to reading A Spot of Bother. It was clear ... READ MORE
K Sykes
A Spot of Bother
A Spot of Bother
This was an incredibly well structured book, with scenes alternating from very sad, almost tragic, through to surreal scenes which bordered at times on far... READ MORE
Elaine Dingsdale
A Spot of Bother
Not exactly funny
I must be missing something because I couldn't find anything remotely funny about this story of a man going through a serious mental breakdown while his wi... READ MORE
kendrafortune