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

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Paperback Published: 13/09/2012
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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.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141399645

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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 woman who had intentionally installed herself in bed for a... More

Paperback edition
21st April 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

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19th May 2013
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“'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

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24th March 2013
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