A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon

By Mark Haddon

A Washington submit Best ebook of the YearA Spot of Bother is Mark Haddon’s unforgettable follow-up to the the world over loved bestseller The Curious Incident of the puppy within the Night-Time. At sixty-one, George corridor is settling all the way down to a comfy retirement. whilst his tempestuous daughter, Katie, pronounces that she is getting married to the deeply beside the point Ray, the corridor kin is thrown right into a tizzy. omitted within the uproar, George discovers a sinister lesion on his hip, and quietly starts to lose his mind.As mom and dad and kids disintegrate and are available jointly, Haddon paints a anxious but fun portrait of a dignified guy attempting to cross insane with politeness.

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He was more right than he realised. I still didn’t think anything of it until twenty minutes later when Homer and Kevin turned up. ’ ‘I don’t know,’ Homer said. ’ We all got alarmed at once. ’ I asked Lee. ‘When I went to sleep. They were here then. They were at the other end of the clearing, sitting on that green patch. They were just talking I think. ’ Fi ran over to have a look around, like a detective searching for clues. Homer stepped into the centre of the clearing and gave a few cooees.

But Fi went on relentlessly. ‘It’s not as though you’ve never made a mistake. ’ ‘All right, all right, I know every mistake I’ve made since this war started. ’ I was scared she was going to mention my screaming at the soldier, in Wirrawee, the terrible mistake that might have cost the New Zealand soldiers their lives. Instead she brought out a name I was trying to forget. ’ ‘It wasn’t the same,’ I said hotly. ’ I couldn’t think of anything to say. I wanted to tell her how I’d had too much to drink and how Adam had more or less forced me into it and how I had no spirit or energy to resist him after all the stuff that had happened to us.

I asked him the names of the other kids, but in the end I could only find out by listening to their conversation, after we caught up with them. The littlest one, who said she was seven, although she looked younger, was Natalie, and the girl always asking about food was Darina. The boy who seemed like Gavin’s shadow was Jack. Like Gavin he walked on his own and didn’t say anything. We had a fight every three minutes. And I’m ashamed to say it was the girls who were the worst. That bloody Gavin, talk about a stubborn little bugger, now he did the complete opposite of what he’d done before.

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