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A Spot of Bother

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MARK HADDON’S The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time was one of the best loved and one of the bestselling novels of recent years. Now, Haddon returns with a novel of such warmth, such humour, such insight into human frailty, that it is destined to equal or even outdo the performance of Curious Incident.

A Spot of Bother begins with George Hall, a retired man in his sixties, finding a mark on his hip. He is at once convinced that he has skin cancer and, with death apparently just round the corner, begins acting oddly.

His wife, Jean, is of course concerned, but she has other things on her mind. Their daughter Katie announces that she is getting married to a man that she and George do not wholly approve of, and Jean herself is carrying on an affair with a former work colleague of George’s.

The fourth member of the Hall family is Jamie, an estate agent, who is having problems committing himself to his boyfriend, Tony. It is hard to think of another writer whose lines are simultaneously laugh-out-loud funny, achingly poignant and deeply horrifying.

Available now priced at 11 euros.