One Day I Shall Astonish the World (Hardback)Nina Stibbe (author)
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The dynamics of a dysfunctional relationship are probed with perfectly judged humour and compassion by the author of Reasons to Be Cheerful and Love, Nina in this hilarious novel of muddling through and making do.
Vegetable-wise Roy has only ever been able to tolerate baked beans and iceberg lettuce, and I honestly thought that would be the worst thing about being married to him. Now he wants to live to a hundred and puts his fingers in his ears when I speak.
Susan and Roy have been married for twenty years and she's beginning to wonder whether she's really happy. As her husband drives her crazy, Susan realises that that her job at the university might just be the best part of her life.
When 2020 dawns and Susan's grown up daughter returns to the nest, along with her very strong opinions, Susan begins to question all of her life decisions. Is the marriage really worth it? What does she really want? Has she actually been really wrong about...everything?
Nina Stibbe's new novel is about living and loving, hopes and disappointments and finding contentment: the realisation that things being 'good enough' might be pretty good after all.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 412 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 31 mm
'Stibbe is one of the great comic writers of our time' - Irish Times
'Very few writers can find the delicate balance between heartbreak and hilarity like Nina Stibbe' - Red Magazine
'Stibbe is one of the all-time greats' - Daisy Buchanan
'Funny, charming, odd-in-the-best-way and gorgeously uplifting! A delight from start to finish' - Marian Keyes on Reasons to be Cheerful
'Joyful. Stibbe's comedy probes what it means to become an adult' - Daily Telegraph on Reasons to be Cheerful
'Pitch perfect vintage comedy' - Guardian on Reasons to be Cheerful
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