Summary

It's never too late to bloom.
People aren't sure what to make of Susan Green - family and colleagues find her prickly and hard to understand, but Susan makes perfect sense to herself, and that's all she needs. At 45, she thinks her life is perfect, as long as she avoids her feckless brother, Edward - a safe distance away in Birmingham. She has a London flat which is ideal for one, a job that suits her passion for logic, and a personal arrangement providing cultural and other more intimate benefits.
Yet suddenly faced with the loss of her mother and, implausibly, with the possibility of becoming a mother herself, Susan's greatest fear is being realised: she is losing control. When she discovers that her mother's will inexplicably favours her brother, Susan sets out to prove that Edward and his equally feckless friend Rob somehow coerced this dubious outcome. But when problems closer to home become increasingly hard to ignore, she finds help in the most unlikely of places.
This sparkling debut is a breath of fresh air, with real heart and a powerful emotional punch. In Susan we find a character as exasperating and delightful as The Rosie Project's Don Tillman. An uncompromising feminist and a fierce fighter, it's a joy to watch her bloom.
©2018 Sarah Haywood (P)2018 John Murray Press
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Critic reviews

"If, like me, you never stopped to think what a child born of The Rosie Project's Don Tillman and Bridget Jones might be like, there's one way to find out. Read Sarah Haywood's The Cactus. Meet Susan Green. She doesn't understand how funny she is, which is delicious." (Julia Claiborne Johnson, author of Be Frank with Me)
"An original, engaging and totally believable character." (Graeme Simsion)
" The Cactus will be compared to Gail Honeyman's 2017 hit, the appealingly eccentric Eleanor Oliphant Is Absolutely Fine... moments of terrible poignancy." ( The Sunday Times)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jason on 08-02-18

very enjoyable

a very well written story. engaging characters. I will definitely look out for more by this author

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By Mrs. Elizabeth Middleton on 04-02-18

Fantastic read

Greatly entertaining, very funny and lot of twists and turns. Very life affirming.
Would highly recommend!

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By Afoma on 16-05-18

Fantastic storytelling!

I was a bit anxious about listening to this on audio because I tend to reserve audiobooks for non fiction reads. However, I was not at all disappointed. The narrator is skilled at embodying the story and the various characters. I was lost in this story for the entire time I listened! So glad to chosen this story.

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