The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend


I loved this book. It made me smile. It made me laugh. And it made me cry. There was the typical Sue Townsend’s satirical observation of our everyday lives and her sharp wit, but there was also resignation and reconciliation with the inevitable.

In order to be funny you have to have wisdom and the power of observation. Sue Townsend has both and so the book is entertaining and amusing even though it is also terribly sad.

All characters are well fleshed out and you are instantly drawn into their lives: you judge them, you strive to understand and forgive them. Eva’s vulnerability is palpable. Right to the end, you hold your fingers crossed that the bed episode is just that – an episode, and that she will snap out of it.


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