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

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Hardback Published: 01/03/2012
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The day her gifted twins leave home for university, 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. Perhaps she will be able to think. Her husband Dr Brian Beaver, an astronomer who divides his time between gazing at the expanding universe, an unsatisfactory eight-years-old affair with his colleague Titania and mooching in his shed, is not happy. Who will cook dinner? Eva, he complains, is either having a breakdown or taking attention - seeking to new heights. But word of Eva's refusal to get out of bed quickly spreads. Alexander the dreadlocked white-van man arrives to help Eva dispose of all her clothes and possessions and bring her tea and toast. Legions of fans are writing to her or gathering in the street to catch a glimpse of this 'angel'. Her mother Ruby is unsympathetic: 'She'd soon get out of bed if her arse was on fire. 'And, though the world keeps intruding, it is from the confines of her bed that Eva at last begins to understand freedom. "The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year" is a funny and touching novel about what happens when someone stops being the person everyone wants them to be. Sue Townsend, Britain's funniest writer for over three decades, has written a brilliant novel that eviscerates modern family life. Sue Townsend is Britain's favourite comic author. Her hugely successful novels include eight Adrian Mole books, "The Public Confessions of a Middle-Aged Woman (Aged 55 )", "Number Ten", "Ghost Children", "The Queen and I" and "Queen Camilla", all of which are highly acclaimed bestsellers. She has also written numerous well-received plays. She lives in Leicester, where she was born and grew up.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780718157159
Weight: 591 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 39 mm

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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
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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

Paperback edition
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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
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