The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year
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The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year

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'Townsend is such a deft, stylish comedian and tragedian, and this book is funny and heartbreaking in turns' The Pool

What happens when a duvet day turns into a duvet year?

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.

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.

'Laugh-out-loud . . . a teeming world of characters whose foibles and misunderstandings provide glorious amusement. Something deeper and darker than comedy' Sunday Times

'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
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 30mm | 322g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141399643
  • 9780141399645
  • 50,388

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What happens when a duvet day turns into a duvet year?

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. * from publisher's description * Proof, once more, that Townsend is one of the funniest writers around * The Times * Townsend's wit is razor-sharp * Daily Mirror * Laugh-out-loud . . . a teeming world of characters whose foibles and misunderstandings provide glorious amusement. Something deeper and darker than comedy * Sunday Times * 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 *
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About Sue Townsend

Sue Townsend was born in Leicester in 1946. Despite not learning to read until the age of eight, leaving school at fifteen with no qualifications and having three children by the time she was in her mid-twenties, she always found time to read widely. She also wrote secretly for twenty years. After joining a writers' group at The Phoenix Theatre, Leicester, she won a Thames Television award for her first play, Womberang, and became a professional playwright and novelist. After the publication of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 133/4, Sue continued to make the nation laugh and prick its conscience. She wrote seven further volumes of Adrian's diaries and five other popular novels - including The Queen and I, Number Ten and The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year - and numerous well received plays. Sue passed away in 2014 at the age of sixty-eight. She remains widely regarded as Britain's favourite comic writer.
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Rating details

9,431 ratings
2.91 out of 5 stars
5 8% (785)
4 21% (1,974)
3 35% (3,324)
2 24% (2,310)
1 11% (1,038)

Our customer reviews

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.show more
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