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This powerful novel is now a major film by Chinese director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern; House ...
From the bestselling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and A Spot of Bother comes a superb book about family and secretsTwo families. Seven days. One house.Angela and her brother Richard have spent twenty years avoiding each other. Now, after the death of their mother, they bring their families together for a holiday in a rented house on the Welsh border. Four adults and four children. Seven days of shared meals, log fires, card games and wet walks.But in the quiet and stillness of the valley, ghosts begin to rise up. The parents Richard thought he had. The parents Angela thought she had. Past and present lovers. Friends, enemies, victims, saviours.Once again Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and A Spot of Bother, has written a novel that is funny, poignant and deeply insightful about human lives.
Having only read 'Curious Incident', I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from Mark Haddon's new novel. The book, however, is excellent - it's a short, swift read that is every bit as good as Curious Incident - albeit in an entirely different way. Ultimately, it's a beautifully written and tightly structured novel which delves into the mindsets of the members of two different families - all very different from each other, yet all of whom are bound together.