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Reading in Bed

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This is middle-England, Radio 4 territory with close professional friends since university now in their 60s, so lots of shared history and a good understanding of each other … or so they believe. During the course of the two families holidaying in the Lakes, part of their security shatters. One has a brain tumour, another is charged with sexual harassment and a third has a gender crisis. Behind all this is a wonderfully batty distant cousin going off the rails. All good clean family life drawn together in an excellent read.

Comparison: Deborah Moggach, Penelope Lively, Jane Gardam.

If you like Sue Gee you might also like to read books by Sadie Jones, Charlotte Mendelson and Louise Voss.

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Reading in Bed by Sue Gee

Opening at the Hay Festival, and ending with the prospect of a spring wedding, Sue Gee's new novel is a lively story of tangled relationships and the sustaining powers of good books, loyal friends and conversation.

Friends since university, with busy working lives behind them, Dido and Georgia have long been looking forward to carefree days of books and conversation, when each finds herself caught up in unexpected domestic drama. Dido, for the first time, has cause to question her marriage; widowed Georgia feels certain her husband will return to her. Meanwhile, an eccentric country cousin goes wildly off the rails, children are unhappy in love, and perfect health is all at once in question.

This novel will bring a writer who 'transforms the stuff of ordinary life into art' (Philippa Gregory, The Sunday Times) to her widest audience yet.


'It's marvellous... an emotional and heartwarming story' Adele Geras

'Sue Gee's many fans will fall on Reading in Bed... giving great vividness to their inner lives, Gee unerringly and confidently evokes her characters' Elizabeth Buchan, The Sunday Times

'A beautifully observed tale, written with boundless compassion and humour' Woman and Home

About the Author

Sue Gee

Sue Gee is a novelist and short story writer who also teaches creative writing. She ran the MA Creative Writing Programme at Middlesex University and currently teaches at the Faber Academy. The Mysteries of Glass was long listed for the 2005 Orange Prize, and Reading in Bed was a Daily Mail Book Club Selection in 2007. Sue Gee has also published many short stories, some of which have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She lives in London and Herefordshire. Her new novel is The Tiger of Tulsipore due out in 2012.

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Publication date

1st May 2008


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352 pages


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