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... But I did make an effort to read this one – A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon. I bought it, because I enjoyed his previous novel – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – and was interested to see what this one would be like. But I was also attracted by its theme of depression, ... Read review
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Title: Spot of Bother Binding: Paperback Author: Mark Haddon Publisher: VINTAGE

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At 57, George is settling down to a comfortable retirement. Then Katie, his tempestuous ... more

daughter, announces that she is getting remarried
to Ray. Her family is not pleased. Her mother,
Jean, is a bit put out by all the planning and
arguing the wedding has occasioned. Then George
discovers a lesion on his hip, and quietly begins
to lose his mind.

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A Spot of Bother - Mark Haddon

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Paperback. Pub Date: November 2007 Publisher: Audiobooks George Hall of does not ... more

understand the modern obsession with talking about
everything. 'The secret of contentment. George
felt. Lay in ignoring The many things completely.'
Some things in life. However. cannot be ignored.
At fifty-seven. George is settling down to a
comfortable retirement. building a shed in his
garden. reading historical novels. listening to a
bit of light jazz. Then Katie. his tempestuous
daughter. announces that she is getting remarried
. to Ray. Her family is not pleased u as her other
Jamie observes. Ray has 'strangler's hands'. Katie
can't decide if she loves Ray. or loves the
wonderful way he has with her son Jacob. and her
mother Jean is a bit put out by all the planning
and arguing the wedding has occasioned. which get
in the way of her quite fulfilling late-life
affair with one of her husband...

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Vintage Classics love nothing more than to marry exceptional books with exquisite design. ... more

The V&A is celebrating British creative talent
with its prestigious exhibition British Design
1948-2012. Vintage Classics asked seven designers
featured in the V&A's exhibition to rethink the
cover art for the most unforgettable,
ground-breaking and life-changing British novels
of the last seven decades.A Spot of Bother by Mark
HaddonCover design by Michael Horsham at the
Collective TomatoAt fifty-seven, George is
settling down to a comfortable retirement. Then
Katie, his tempestuous daughter, announces that
she is getting remarried, to Ray. Her mother Jean
is a bit put out by all the arguing the wedding
has occasioned, which gets in the way of her
late-life affair with one of her husband's former
colleagues. And the tidy life Jamie has created
crumbles when he fails to invite his lover, Tony,
to the dreaded nuptials. Unnoticed in the uproar,
George discovers a sinister lesion on his hip, and
quietly begins to lose his mind. This is a deeply
moving portrait of a family who fall apart - and
come together.

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Bothering About A Spot...

AdvantagesEntertaining, interesting, well-observed

DisadvantagesNone

"...to read this one – A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon. I bought it, because I enjoyed his previous novel – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – and was interested to see what this one would be like. But I was also attracted by its theme of depression, as I have suffered with that myself, on and off for five years. So I bought the paperback version of the book from Amazon for £3.99. The cover price is £7.99. It’s the sort of book ..." Read review
20.07.2007

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Another complicated world of Family Review with images

AdvantagesExcellent writing. Nice balance between humour and sadness.

DisadvantagesLost pace in places

"...of Bother' was written from a more conventional narrative, I was keen to see how Haddon would fair. My hopes were high as the book jacket boasts accolades such as 'unforgettable' and ' brilliant'. 'A Spot of Bother' introduces the reader to a far from functional family. We meet father (George), mother (Jean), sister (Katie) and brother (Jamie). And surprisingly enough, they each have their own spots of bother (some more literally than others) that ..." Read review
20.02.2009

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Well Worth Bothering With

AdvantagesFunny, easy to read.

DisadvantagesNone

"...and ability to make such a tale an absolute page-turner, I knew his next one would be a must read. Strangely enough, though, it took me nearly three years to read _A Spot of Bother_. My brother lent me the paperback version, and it then went on to sit on my book shelf for far too long. He kept asking me if I had read it yet, to which I would reply No, and therefore fear that I may get into a spot of bother because of this… But during a recent ..." Read review
16.08.2009

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A Spot of Bother is a lot of laughs!

AdvantagesVery funny, fast moving

DisadvantagesNone

"...few years. It only took a few days to finish as I couldn't put it down. It tells the story revolving round a family and all the individual charcters within the family... in the lead up to the daughter, Katie's wedding. 'If he drank enough whisky he might be able to summon the courage to crash the car. There was a big stone gateway on the A16 this side of Stamford. He could hit it doing 90mph with no difficulty whatsoever. But what if his nerve ..." Read review
24.09.2007

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More than a bit of bother with the family!

AdvantagesGood plot, interesting and real characters, enjoyable

DisadvantagesAt some points long winded, not as funny as I expected it to be

"== SYNOPSIS == George Hall is a 57 year old retired man who, on the surface at least, lives a comfortable life with his wife Jean. As with most families, George's nice family life is soon stripped bare and secrets, problems and lies are all exposed. Jean has been having an affair with one of George's old work colleagues and is contemplating leaving George all together, Katie his fiery daughter is considering marrying a man that she might not ..." Read review
27.10.2008

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George Hall doesn't understand the modern obsession with talking about everything. 'The secret of contentment, George felt, lay in ignoring many things completely.' Some things in life, however, cannot be ignored. At fifty-seven, George is settling down to a comfortable retirement, building a shed in his garden, reading historical novels, listening to a bit of light jazz. Then Katle, his tempestuous daughter, announces that she is getting remarried, to Ray. Her family is not pleased - as her brother Jamie observes, Ray has 'strangler's hands'. Katie can't decide if she loves Ray, or loves the wonderful way he has with her son Jacob, and her mother Jean is a bit put out by all the planning and arguing the wedding has occasioned, which get in the way of her quite fulfilling late-life affair with one of her husband's former colleagues. And the tidy and pleasant life Jamie has created crumbles when he fails to invite his lover, Tony, to the dreaded nuptials. Unnoticed in the uproar, George discovers a sinister lesion on his hip, and quietly begins to lose his mind. The way these damaged people fall apart - and come together - as a family is the true subject of Mark Haddon's disturbing yet very funny portrait of a dignified man trying to go insane politely.

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Type Fiction
Genre Modern Fiction
Title A Spot of Bother
Author Mark Haddon
ISBN 0099506920; 0224080466; 0385520514; 0385662440

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