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A Spot of Bother
by Mark Haddon

RRP €12.80

A Spot of Bother
by Author Name Mark Haddon

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List Price:12.80
Format: Paperback, 198 x 129 x 32mm, 512pp
Publication date: 07 Jun 2007
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN-13: 9780099506928

Dubray Review

Caught up in the chaos surrounding his daughter’s wedding, George becomes convinced he is ill and slowly begins to lose his mind. Mark Haddon’s second novel is full of wonderful characters and is a hilarious and touching look at family life.

- Anita Salter, Kilkenny


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 - as her brother Jamie observes, Ray has 'strangler's hands'. Katie can't decide if she loves Ray, or loves the way he cares for her son Jacob, and her mother Jean is a bit put out by the way the wedding planning gets in the way of her 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.


"Brilliant...very funny" Sunday Telegraph "A painful, funny, humane novel: beautifully written, addictively readable and so confident" The Times "Wry, warm-hearted and entertaining" -- Charlotte Moore Telegraph "Unforgettable" Daily Express "A witty and subtle family drama" Independent on Sunday