A Spot of Bother
By Mark Haddon
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780307278869, 368pp.)
Publication Date: August 14, 2007
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A Washington Post Best Book of the YearA Spot of Bother is Mark Haddon’s unforgettable follow-up to the internationally beloved bestseller The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. At sixty-one, George Hall is settling down to a comfortable retirement. When his tempestuous daughter, Katie, announces that she is getting married to the deeply inappropriate Ray, the Hall family is thrown into a tizzy. Unnoticed in the uproar, George discovers a sinister lesion on his hip, and quietly begins to lose his mind.As parents and children fall apart and come together, Haddon paints a disturbing yet amusing portrait of a dignified man trying to go insane politely.
MARK HADDON is the author of the international bestseller, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction and the Whitbread Book of the Year award. In addition to the recently published The Talking Horse, the Sad Girl, and the Village Under the Sea, a collection of poetry, Haddon has also written and illustrated numerous awardwinning children's books and television screenplays. He teaches writing for the Arvon foundation and at Oxford University. He lives in Oxford with his wife and son.
“A Spot of Bother snaps, crackles and pops with humor and pathos.... Sparklingly written.... Haddon deftly pulls this off with what we can now hail as his trademark tenderness.”—Los Angeles Times"Totally brilliant.... Wondrously articulate.... A Spot of Bother serves as a fine example of why novels exist.”—The New York Times Book Review“Superbly entertaining.”—The Washington Post Book World“[Haddon’s] craftsmanship is dazzling, his sense of character profound, his kindness toward his creations that of a consummate caregiver. Humorous, occasionally heart-rending and always enthralling, A Spot of Bother is a wonder and a joy.”—Chicago Sun-Times