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Publisher Description

'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

Fiction & Literature
March 1
Penguin Books Ltd

Customer Reviews

Sonkaren ,

Disappointing ending to a brill story

What an amusing story so much that I could relate to it ! Such a shame about the abrupt ending ...... Perhaps theres gonna be a sequel ?

Beth_33 ,


I loved the first two thirds of this book. The characters are strong, they all have some relatable features and the plot is entertaining. The concept of the book is excellent as an idea and a vehicle for comedy.
However, as the plot and story line builds it goes too far beyond the believable to be enjoyable. In particular, the main character Eva becomes so immensely selfish that the reader begins to immensely dislike her. I find it is hard to enjoy a book where I don't even like the main character. In addition, I also started to despise or pity the remainder of the minor characters as they developed. They all became overly self involved or shadows of their earlier selves. I stuck with the book as I thought Townsend was using this to illustrate the impact of the absence of Eva in their lives. This turned out not to be the case.
The story has no ending and the various strands of plot in the book are not finished or tidied to a close. Therefore, I finished reading this book wondering why I had bothered.

sucalug3 ,

OK for passing the time

Well written and not lacking in humour and pathos but overall not a great contender.

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