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A Spot of Bother

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Narrated by: Charles Keating
Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
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At 61, George Hall is settling down to a comfortable retirement. Then his tempestuous daughter, Katie, announces that she is getting remarried, to the deeply inappropriate Ray. Her family is not pleased and Katie can't decide if she loves Ray or loves the wonderful way he has with her son, Jacob. Her mother, Jean, is a bit put out by all the planning and arguing the wedding has occasioned, which get in the way of her quite fulfilling late-life affair with one of her husband's ex-colleagues. And the tidy and pleasant life George and Jean's son, Jamie, has created crumbles when he fails to invite his lover, Tony, to the dreaded nuptials.

A Spot of Bother is Mark Haddon's unforgettable follow-up to the internationally beloved best seller The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Here the madness, literally, of family life proves rich comic fodder for Haddon's crackling prose and bittersweet insights into misdirected love.

©2006 Mark Haddon (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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"No bother at all, this comic follow-up to Haddon's blockbuster (and nicely selling book of poems) is great fun." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Robert W Fernekees
  • 23-05-2007

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I read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time,and I hoped this book would be as good. I wasn't disappointed. I'm now a confirmed Mark Hadden fan.

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  • PJ
  • 13-02-2019

A Grind to Get Through

The character George was hard to endure. Too depressing, over descriptive & gross. It was not necessary to the story. We had hoped it would be as entertaining as ‘The Curious Incident of theDog in the Night Time’
Some well placed humor got us through it.