The stunning new novel from Costa-Novel-Award-winning novelist Maggie O'Farrell: a portrait of an Irish family in crisis in the legendary heatwave of 1976.
It's July 1976. In London, it hasn't rained for months, gardens are filled with aphids, water comes from a standpipe, and Robert Riordan tells his wife Gretta that he's going round the corner to buy a newspaper. He doesn't come back.
The search for Robert brings Gretta's children - two estranged sisters and a brother on the brink of divorce - back home, each wih different ideas as to where their father might have gone. None of them suspects that their mother might have an explanation that even now she cannot share.
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Great book, brilliant performance
Perfect summer reading!
I have read all of Maggies O' Farrell's novels and found this one quite different in style and plot but it was nevertheless a good read.
As most of the characters are Irish the narrator's accent gave a genuine feel to the book though I found it irritating at times.
Not the best of her books and in particular I was not drawn to any of characters which makes it hard to sustain interest in the plot unlike her other novels which I struggled to put down.
Fascinating information about the way Londoners dealt with the 1976 heat wave !