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Instructions for a Heatwave

by Maggie O'Farrell

eBooks of the Month Family Drama Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

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Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2013.

The stunning new novel from Costa-Novel-Award-winning novelist Maggie O'Farrell: a portrait of an Irish family in crisis in the legendary heatwave of 1976. Maggie O'Farrell's sixth book is the work of an outstanding novelist at the height of her powers.

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Instructions for a Heatwave Synopsis

Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2013.

It's July 1976. In London, it hasn't rained for months, gardens are filled with aphids, water comes from a standpipe, and Robert Riordan tells his wife Gretta that he's going round the corner to buy a newspaper. He doesn't come back. The search for Robert brings Gretta's children - two estranged sisters and a brother on the brink of divorce - back home, each wih different ideas as to where their father might have gone. None of them suspects that their mother might have an explanation that even now she cannot share.

Instructions for a Heatwave Press Reviews

'The Riordans will stay in your mind long after you finish this book. They're funny, infuriating and impossible not to love. They feel like family' -- Irish Times

 

'My favourite kind of novel: big-hearted, psychologically complex and utterly gripping' -- Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette

 

'Unputdownable' -- Joanna Briscoe, Guardian

 

'Instantly appealing...magical' -- Daily Telegraph

 

'Masterful...holds you on an exquisite knife-edge' -- Marie Claire

 

'An author at the top of her game' -- Sunday Express

 

'O'Farrell's language is lissom, airborne, mostly seamless, her characters flawed, contradictory, aggravating and instantly knowable. This is a deceptively easy, effortlessly true-feeling novel; a total delight' -- Metro

 

'A quite wonderful novel...at once enthralling, page turning and atmospheric' -- Irish Examiner

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ISBN: 9780755358793
Publication date: 29/08/2013
Publisher: Tinder Press an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780755358786
Publication date: 28/02/2013
Publisher: Tinder Press an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780755358793
Publication date: 29th August 2013
Author: Maggie O'Farrell
Publisher: Tinder Press an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Maggie O'Farrell

Maggie O'Farrell is the author of seven novels, AFTER YOU'D GONE, MY LOVER'S LOVER, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, THE VANISHING ACT OF ESME LENNOX, THE HAND THAT FIRST HELD MINE, which won the 2010 Costa Novel Award, INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HEATWAVE, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Novel Award, and THIS MUST BE THE PLACE. She lives in Edinburgh.

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