The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year

The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year

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The day her children leave home, Eva climbs into bed and stays there. She's had enough - of her kids' carelessness, her husband's thoughtlessness and of the world's general indifference. Eva's refusal to behave like a dutiful wife and mother soon upsets everyone but she insists on staying in bed. And then the strangest things start to happen. A funny and touching novel from Britain's funniest writer for over 30 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 112 x 180 x 32mm | 258.55g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0718194527
  • 9780718194529
  • 74,302

Review quote

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 *show more

About Sue Townsend

Sue Townsend is one of Britain's favourite comic authors. Her hugely successful novels include eight Adrian Mole books, The Public Confessions of a Middle-Aged Woman (Aged 553/4), Number Ten, Ghost Children, The Queen and I, Queen Camilla and The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year, all of which are highly-acclaimed bestsellers. Sue passed away in 2014 and is survived by her husband, four children, ten grandchildren and millions of avid more

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8,718 ratings
2.9 out of 5 stars
5 8% (714)
4 21% (1,826)
3 35% (3,076)
2 25% (2,148)
1 11% (954)

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Eva doesn't want to get out of bed anymore and eventually she stays there for a year. Even going to the toilet seems to be a strain. The question is why. Eva's husband, Brian, is a selfish man and her children are even worse. Her mother and mother in law seem to find Eva a burden mostly. Only the hired handyman and artist Alexander seems to be nice to her. Then Eva becomes a bit of a celebrity and things start to go downhill from there. The lack of warmth and kindness was the thing that surprised me most about this book. How unfriendly people can be to one another. Maybe it's exaggerated here, but that doesn't mean it isn't real. I liked Sue Townsend's sarcasm and brutal honesty. The story was funny, but also crude and somehow very true. I didn't know what to expect when I started reading it as the theme could have been boring, but it wasn't, not at all. It was one bizarre thing after another and the end was wonderfully more
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