The Woman Who Went To Bed For A Year by Sue TownsendThe Woman Who Went To Bed For A Year by Sue Townsend

The Woman Who Went To Bed For A Year

bySue Townsend

Paperback | October 30, 2012

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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
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 Phoeni...
Title:The Woman Who Went To Bed For A YearFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.8 × 5 × 1.1 inPublished:October 30, 2012Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141399643

ISBN - 13:9780141399645

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from What mom WOULDN'T want to do this? Eva Beaver (nee Eva Brown-Bird) has just said goodbye to her twins as they start university. Her husband, astronomer Dr. Brian Beaver, is having an affair with a co-worker and would rather spend his time gazing at the stars than gazing at her. Eva decides she would like to go to bed. So she climbs into her bed, shoes and all, and stays there for a year. I expected this book to be a slightly surreal fable, a humourous satire that could not be taken literally (for example, I didn't expect the question of food and bathrooms to be sufficiently answered). In a way it was, but it was also a book that could be taken literally, though it's an exaggeration of reality. Wouldn't we all like to go to bed for a year and have all our meals and responsibilities be taken care of by someone else for a change? I think any woman who has raised kids, cooked meals and "done Christmas" for many years would say yes, that would be nice. The character of Eva is not always sympathetic but she's oddly relatable. And the writing is flawless. It hits just the right tone--not too philosophical or pretentious, but with a slightly ethereal quality that reminds the reader that it isn't just about being in bed, it's about life. Okay, that was a ridiculous way of describing the book. Alas, Sue Townsend is a gifted writer, even if I myself am not! Nonetheless, it reminded me at times of Mark Haddon's A Spot of Bother or Dawn French's A Tiny Bit Marvellous or even Jaclyn Moriarty's I Have a Bed Made of Buttermilk Pancakes. It's clever, British and very female. For more reviews, please visit my blog, CozyLittleBookJournal.
Date published: 2012-05-26