The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year

The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year

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By (author) Sue Townsend

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 32mm | 662g
  • Publication date: 13 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141399643
  • ISBN 13: 9780141399645
  • Sales rank: 27,580

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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 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.

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By natalie 28 Mar 2013 3

Growing up I was a huge "Adrian Mole" Fan, so when a friend of mine lent me this book to read, I couldn't wait to get into it!
This book was an easy read and was enjoyable enough. It didn't reach the Adrian Mole status, but was a satisfactory story.

You may ask yourself, how interesting can a book be about a woman who stayed in bed for a year, but it has some very "Real" scenarios in the book that really did make me stop and think.
She portrays how in this day-and-age people can go from doing their own thing to "SuperStar - Guru" Status through the Twitter-sphere simply because one person assumes something.

As the book progressed I felt more and more sorry for the main character Eva, who originally (in my mind) was just losing it.

Ms. Townsend manages to add a little light-heartedness to the story and I did have to giggle in spots, but it wasn't as said on the cover "I laughed until I cried" kind of book for me at all, and I felt the serious undertone of the story was definitely more pronounced than the humorous side of it all.