Review: ‘A Spot of Bother’ by Mark Haddon.

Mr Haddon is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors, thanks to ‘The Curious Incident…’ and this brilliant offering.

‘A Spot of Bother’ is a wonderfully original, modern family saga. Fifty-seven-year-old George is meant to be enjoying his retirement, building a studio so he can spend time painting and relaxing. However, there’s one problem: he’s found a sinister mark on his hip and he fears it may be the end of the road. In amongst all this, his erratic daughter Katie announces she’s marrying her live-in lover Ray, much to the disappointment of George, his wife Jean and Katie’s brother Jamie. Katie isn’t really sure if she’s in love with Ray or if she just likes how good he is with her son, Jacob. Jean’s too busy to help with the wedding due to her affair and Jamie is watching his life disintegrate after a falling out with his boyfriend Tony.

The characters in this book are really well-written and believable. It’s easy to believe that these people could be your neighbours. Outwardly, they are a normal family but as everyone knows, there is no such thing.

The way Haddon writes is so delectable and I raced through this book as I was desperate to know what was going to happen next. The writing is so light that it makes reading utterly effortless.

His descriptions and set-twos are beautifully written with emotion and humour. This understanding of how life can contain both humour and sadness at often the same time makes Haddon a really wonderful writer. His understanding of family life is really insightful and makes the book so enjoyable. One thing I take away from this book is to remember how lucky we are – it’s easy to forget all the things you do have in life and take those you love for granted.

It’s laugh-out-loud funny, so insightful and really poignant. Haddon’s writing is intricately written with deep understanding of the messiness of family life. His innate ability to find humour in the most mundane settings makes this a brilliant read.

So, ‘A Spot of Bother’ has a well-drawn world, believable characters who are easy to empathise with, plenty of action and lots of wit. What more could you want from a book? I would gladly read it all over again.

Vic x

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