A Spot of Bother (Paperback)
A Spot of Botheris Mark Haddon's unforgettable follow-up to the internationally beloved bestsellerThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. At sixty-one, George Hall is settling down to a comfortable retirement. When his tempestuous daughter, Katie, announces that she is getting married to the deeply inappropriate Ray, the Hall family is thrown into a tizzy. Unnoticed in the uproar, George discovers a sinister lesion on his hip, and quietly begins to lose his mind. As parents and children fall apart and come together, Haddon paints a disturbing yet amusing portrait of a dignified man trying to go insane politely.
A Washington Post Best Book of the Year
About the Author
Mark Haddon is the author of the bestselling novelsThe Red HouseandA Spot of Bother, and the short story collection The Pier Falls and Other Stories.His novelThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Timewon the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction and is the basis for the Tony Award winning play. He is the author of a collection of poetry, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, has written and illustrated numerous children s books, and has won awards for both his radio dramas and his television screenplays. He teachescreative writing for the Arvon Foundation and lives in Oxford, England."
“A Spot of Bother snaps, crackles and pops with humor and pathos.... Sparklingly written.... Haddon deftly pulls this off with what we can now hail as his trademark tenderness.”—Los Angeles Times"Totally brilliant.... Wondrously articulate.... A Spot of Bother serves as a fine example of why novels exist.”—The New York Times Book Review“Superbly entertaining.”—The Washington Post Book World“[Haddon’s] craftsmanship is dazzling, his sense of character profound, his kindness toward his creations that of a consummate caregiver. Humorous, occasionally heart-rending and always enthralling, A Spot of Bother is a wonder and a joy.”—Chicago Sun-Times