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Getting Colder by Amanda Coe
  

Getting Colder

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They were colour-supplement darlings of the 1980s: Patrick, the sexy, ferocious young playwright, scourge of an enthralled establishment, and Sara, who abandoned her two children to fulfil her destiny as Patrick's beautiful, devoted wife and muse. Thirty-five years later, Sara's death leaves Patrick alone in their crumbling house in Cornwall, with his whisky, his writer's block and his undimmed rage against the world.

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Getting Colder by Amanda Coe

They were colour-supplement darlings of the 1980s: Patrick, the sexy, ferocious young playwright, scourge of an enthralled establishment, and Sara, who abandoned her two children to fulfil her destiny as Patrick's beautiful, devoted wife and muse. Thirty-five years later, Sara's death leaves Patrick alone in their crumbling house in Cornwall, with his whisky, his writer's block and his undimmed rage against the world. But bereavement is no respecter of life's estrangements, and Sara's children, Louise and Nigel, are now adults, with memories, questions and agendas of their own. What was their mother really like? Why did she leave them? What has she left them? And how can Patrick carry on without the love of his life? Getting Colder is a painfully funny and perceptive novel about family, love, and how sometimes the harder you look, the less you find.

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A sharp tale * Good Housekeeping * a darkly funny exploration of family * Elle * Brims over with trenchant observation, emotional truth and bitter wit * Mail on Sunday * In this stylish second novel, erotic love trumps the maternal kind - but was it worth it?... blackly comic... crisply plotted and filled with pleasurably sharp observations -- Susanna Rustin * Guardian * Dysfunctional family drama at its most satisfying: think Death at a Funeral meets Anne Enright's The Green Road with a dash of David Nicholls
dry wit

* Bustle * Blackly comic . . . crisply plotted and filled with pleasurably sharp observations * Guardian * A savage family saga with lots to say about England today * Metro * An uncomfortable but brilliantly acute reading of grief, self-interest and the persistence of old wounds * Financial Times * An acutely observed family drama . . . darkly humorous * Sunday Mirror * Ferociously funny . . . rings all too painfully true * Daily Mail * The brilliant What They Do in the Dark was always going to be a hard act to follow, but Getting Colder has once again proved that Coe's a fearless writer, not afraid to linger in the murky, messy corners of her characters
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* Independent *


About the Author

Amanda Coe is an acclaimed screenwriter and author who in 2013 won a BAFTA for the BBC Four adaptation of John Braine's Room at the Top, starring Maxine Peake. Her other credits include Shameless, Margot and As If. Her first novel, What They Do in the Dark, was published by Virago in 2011.

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Publication date

6th November 2014

Author

Amanda Coe

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Publisher

Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Hardback
272 pages

Categories

Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780349005096

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