A Spot of Bother

A Spot of Bother

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'A painful funny humane novel: beautifully written, addictively readable and so confident' The Times

Discover this brilliantly comic and moving bestselling novel by the award-winning author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Porpoise.

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.

The 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 30mm | 351g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9780099506928
  • 71,267

Review Text

Wry, warm-hearted and entertaining
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Review quote

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 *
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About Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon is a writer and artist. His bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, was published simultaneously by Jonathan Cape and David Fickling in 2003. It won seventeen literary prizes, including the Whitbread Award. In 2012, a stage adaptation by Simon Stephens was produced by the National Theatre and went on to win 7 Olivier Awards in 2013 and the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play. In 2005 his poetry collection, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, was published by Picador, and his play, Polar Bears, was produced by the Donmar Warehouse in 2010. His most recent novel, The Red House, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2012. The Pier Falls, a collection of short stories, was also published by Cape in 2016. To commemorate the centenary of the Hogarth Press he wrote and illustrated a short story that appeared alongside Virginia Woolf's first story for the press in Two Stories (Hogarth, 2017).
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Rating details

34,418 ratings
3.48 out of 5 stars
5 14% (4,981)
4 36% (12,493)
3 35% (12,167)
2 11% (3,778)
1 3% (999)
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