A Dry Spell, Paperback Book
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In 1976 four students took a trip to the desert. Now the repercussions of that fateful summer are coming back to haunt them... And repercussions are just what Guy doesn't need: his wife, Jane, is moving swiftly from slightly eccentric to downright peculiar, their three-year-old daughter seems set on destroying Jane's sanity, and now even God's gone quiet on him.

As for Nina, she's having enough trouble with her son, James.

He's got exams looming, a new girlfriend with pneumatic breasts and now, it seems, he's on drugs.

Nina certainly won't welcome any ghosts from the past. Life isn't going smoothly for anyone. But when Hugo, long-forgotten agent of misfortune, threatens to pay them all a visit, disaster seems unavoidable.


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I've loved all the other Clare Chambers books I've read, so was really looking forward to reading A Dry Spell. For the most part I did enjoy it, although I think it lost its way a little in the middle.The story features Nina, a single mother of a son who is just about to go to university, and Guy and Jane, a couple going through a difficult patch and who have two young daughters, one of whom Jane struggles to deal with. The connection between them isn't clear until the middle section and the part about four students taking a field trip to the Algerian desert. I thought the modern day Nina was great, really well written and some of her thoughts and actions did make me laugh. Clare Chambers does have a style of writing that is quite dry and humorous. Guy and Jane were also interesting as a couple.Perhaps the book was just a little too long and the middle section a bit drawn out, but I did enjoy much of the story.

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