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Publisher Description

A story of a dysfunctional but deeply loveable family reunited, set during the legendary summer of 1976, INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HEATWAVE by Maggie O'Farrell was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Novel Award and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller.

It's July 1976. In London, it hasn't rained for months, gardens are filled with aphids, water comes from a standpipe, and Robert Riordan tells his wife Gretta that he's going round the corner to buy a newspaper. He doesn't come back. The search for Robert brings Gretta's children - two estranged sisters and a brother on the brink of divorce - back home, each with different ideas as to where their father might have gone. None of them suspects that their mother might have an explanation that even now she cannot share.

Fiction & Literature
February 28

Customer Reviews

Johndevon ,

Instructions for a heat wave

A fabulous book!
I read this book as I was Ill on holiday and was unable to leave our chalet. I don't read much at all but a friend had taken this with them so I flicked through it and couldn't put it down.
A must read ! It's made me start reading again!

endika85 ,


Great book, a bit too short? What next?

Sunny3174 ,

Instructions for a Heatwave

I read the first three chapters in bed one evening when I'd not been feeling well. In the morning I knew who all the characters were (not always true in my case!). They are vividly real, and I read the rest the next evening. I don't know how she does it, but the whole book involved me. My only fear was that so much pleasure would end in disappointment. But it didn't.

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