The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year Paperback
by SUE TOWNSEND
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. "Laugh-out-loud...a teeming world of characters whose foibles and misunderstandings provide glorious amusement.
Something deeper and darker than comedy." (Sunday Times).
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, The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year is her hilarious new novel. "She fills the pages with turmoil, anger, passion, love and big helpings of wit.
It's full of colour and glows with life" (Independent). "Hilarious and totally Townsend. There were parts where I laughed until I cried." (Daily Mail). "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). Sue Townsend is one of Britain's favourite comic authors.
Her hugely successful novels include eight Adrian Mole books, The Public Confessions of a Middle-Aged Woman (Aged 553/4), Number Ten, Ghost Children, The Queen and I, Queen Camilla and The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year, all of which are highly-acclaimed bestsellers.
Sue passed away in 2014 and is survived by her husband, four children, ten grandchildren and millions of avid readers.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 464 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 13/09/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780141399645
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Review by Secret7
Funny, sad and clever writing. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Sue Townsend has already written about run of the mill so beautifully.
Review by Kate_Ward
Awful.<br/><br/>Very rarely do I come across a book that makes me so angry and disappointed in it's author that I cannot finish it.<br/>Townsend (who I was a fan of due to her brilliant Mole series) really dropped the ball with this one.<br/>It is full of characters so horrific and unlike-able with no redeeming features whatsoever. <br/>From the selfish, melodramatic and (cliché-ridden) doormat of the central character Eva Beaver who married a bigoted bully when they didn't even like each other, to her neurotic, pampered, almost incestuous prodigy twins (named after that father no less) this is a mess.<br/>Don't be fooled by the reviews claiming it's "hysterical" either. Unless you find someone so obnoxious that she asks three people to deal with her waste (via funnels and carrier bags) rather than touch the floor on the way to her lavish en-suite, a real rib-tickler of a situation.<br/><br/>You wouldn't have these people as friends. Don't waste precious reading time inviting them into your lives.