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The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year (Paperback)

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Paperback 464 Pages / Published: 13/09/2012
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'Townsend is such a deft, stylish comedian and tragedian, and this book is funny and heartbreaking in turns' The PoolWhat 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, The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year is her hilarious new novel.'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'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

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141399645
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 322 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 30 mm


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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. * from publisher's description *
Proof, once more, that Townsend is one of the funniest writers around * The Times *
Townsend's wit is razor-sharp * Daily Mirror *
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 *
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 *

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“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 weep both for Eva (main character) and the author.... More

Paperback edition
8th January 2013
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“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 characters weren't believable. Overall, it is a... More

Paperback edition
19th May 2013
Helpful? Upvote 10

“'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, seems to rest mainly on the women. I give my '1 star'... More

Paperback edition
24th March 2013
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