The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year

The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 13/09/2012
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Synopsis

'Hilarious and totally Townsend. There were parts where I laughed until I cried' Daily Mail What happens when a duvet day turns into a duvet year? Sue Townsend, the bestselling author of the Adrian Mole series, returns with The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year, a funny and touching novel about what happens when someone stops being the person everyone wants them to be. The day her twins leave home, Eva climbs into bed and stays there. For seventeen years she's wanted to yell at the world, 'Stop! I want to get off'. Finally, this is her chance. Her husband Brian, an astronomer having an unsatisfactory affair, is upset. Who will cook his dinner? Eva, he complains, is attention seeking. But word of Eva's defiance spreads. Legions of fans, believing she is protesting, gather in the street. While Alexander the white van man brings tea, toast and sympathy. And from this odd but comforting place Eva begins to see both herself and the world very, very differently. . . Bestselling author Sue Townsend has been Britain's favourite comic writer for over three decades. 'Laugh-out-loud . . . a teeming world of characters whose foibles and misunderstandings provide glorious amusement. Something deeper and darker than comedy' Sunday Times 'She fills the pages with turmoil, anger, passion, love and big helpings of wit. It's full of colour and glows with life' Independent 'Touching and hilarious. Bursting with witty social commentary as well as humour' Women's Weekly 'A funny, poignant look at modern family life' Daily Express

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141399645
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Weight: 319g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm

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The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year
No she didn't
What a sad book. I can't believe anyone at the Daily Mail or the Sunday Times really read this book. There's nothing to laugh about but plenty to make you ... READ MORE
jeffR
The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year
'The woman who went to bed for a year'
This is indeed a pointless story and yes, quite depressing. I did quite like the description of the hectic build up to Christmas, the stress of which, seem... READ MORE
grisser
The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year
Fewer laughs than expected.
Compared to Sue Townsend's other works I have read and enjoyed this wasn't as funny as I thought it was going to be, so I was disappointed. Some of the cha... READ MORE
MoonGodess
The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year
has she lost her touch?
I'm a huge Townsend fan, and it pains me to write a bad review for one of her books, but this is really terrible. I won't give away the story for those tha... READ MORE
Pimbles
The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year
Not for me !!
After reading the Reviews of the various "professional" reviewers, my wife asked me to purchase the book. It is not written in the manner of the Adrian Mol... READ MORE
Marwent
The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year
Not Funny
Didn't find this book funny or uplifting. In fact I found it all quite depressing.
Razorshell
The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year
Hilarious!
Really enjoyed this book, contrary to other reviewers! I agree with the comment whereby it was not credible that people would bring food upon demand to the... READ MORE
cinders
The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year
Broke me!
This book was so awful it made me break a life long rule! I always finish a book once I have started it, but I have been trying this one for a whole month ... READ MORE
Nicholls167
The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year
Hmmm
I rate it 3.5. I can’t remember whether this is the first book of hers that I read or not. However the title and I have two children (though not twins) app... READ MORE
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The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year
boring
I bought this book as all the critics were saying it was a funny one... Nothing to laugh about... And I still cannot finish it!!
virginie
The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year
Fabulous read!
I just do not understand why people don't get this book. It's a wonderful read. I thought the character was so honest. Let's face it we would all like to e... READ MORE
Clare  Nijhawan