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Rainy Day Women

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A professional family are trying to sell their house in Essex and move back to London but there seems to be a poltergeist which creates mayhem whenever prospective purchases view. Our narrator, 15-year old Jo, and her friend try to solve the mystery. What develops, in this darkly funny, original novel of a dysfunctional family, marvellously evokes a picture of teenagers growing up in the 70s. The characterisation is superb, highly recommended.
Comparison: Kate Atkinson, Laurie Graham, Mavis Cheek.
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Rainy Day Women by Jane Yardley

It is 1971 – 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 – 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 own…

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‘A mystery story, a ghost story, a rites of passage tale – 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
Daily Mail

You'll love this step back in timeâ

‘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

About the Author

Jane Yardley
Jane Yardley was brought up in Essex in the 1960s. She has a PhD from a London medical school and works on clinical projects around the globe. Her first novel, Painting Ruby Tuesday, (which was written on aeroplanes) was short-listed for the Guilford Arts First Novel Prize. Rainy Day Women is her second novel.

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2nd May 2005


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