Rainy Day Women
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Rainy Day Women by Jane Yardley
It is 1971 â€“ hippies, hot pants and extraordinary footwear. Jo is fifteen, and there is something very wrong at home.
An architectural oddity built by an eighteenth-century madman, the house always had a life of its own but now its sinister goings-on are getting worse. The capable Jo has always coped with her eccentric family but they're getting worse, too â€“ and where are the parents? As the Red House crumbles around them, she and her friend best Frankie are determined to solve the mystery so Jo's family can start an ordinary life. But along comes the devastatingly attractive Florian, folk singer and opportunist, to cause a chaos all his ownâ€¦
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â€˜A mystery story, a ghost story, a rites of passage tale â€“ Yardleyâs novel excels as each. Rainy Day Women manages to capture the strain and pain of teenagers growing up and families breaking down and yet remain upbeat, animated by humour that is sharp but unfailingly generousâ
You'll love this step back in timeâ
â€˜Funny, poignant and originalâ
'Following the lovely Painting Ruby Tuesday comes a tale equally spotted with music references and beautifully evoking teenagers growing up in the 1970s. A crumbling Essex house takes centre stage: its hauntings hide a darker secret. However, it's the light touch and genuine humour that leave you revisiting the story for days. Excellent throughout'
Sarah Broadhurst, The Bookseller
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Publication date2nd May 2005
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PublisherTransworld Publishers Ltd
CategoriesModern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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