Summary

And in that instant I fall in love. Not just with him, though he is the better part of it, but with them both, with the whole scene: the house, the garden, the magazine perfection of it. And I want very badly to be in this picture.
As Edie Jones lies in a bed on the 14th floor of a Cambridge hospital, her adult daughter, Dido, tells their story, starting with the day that changed everything.
That was the day when Dido - aged exactly six years and 27 days old - met the handsome Tom Trevelyan, his precocious sister, Harry, and their parents, Angela and David.
The day Dido fell in love with a family completely different from her own.
Because the Trevelyans were exactly the kind of family six-year-old Dido dreamed of.
Normal.
And Dido's mother, Edie, doesn't do normal.
In fact, as Dido has learnt the hard way, normal is the one thing Edie can never be....
©2017 Joanna Nadin (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Lu on 21-04-18

Insightful and intelligent, witty and honest

I've never read a book by J Nadin before, but after 'The Queen of Bloody Everything', I certainly will seek out other novels by this author.

I was engrossed by Dido's (the main character and narrating voice) story of her life and her deeply complex relationship with her mother (among others). I loved the honesty, the realistic observations of the contradictory feelings we experience towards loved ones. This is a story of love and longing, rage and resentments, fantasies and regrets. All are themes that are conjured through a brilliant narrative which is engrossing, unsentimental, but moving and tender.

Anyone who loves Lisa Jewell's 'The House We Grew Up In', Dorothy Koomsom, Amanda Prowse and Esther Freud would probably really enjoy this as much as I did.

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5 out of 5 stars
By S. Jones on 19-02-18

The Queen of Bloody Everything - a joy from start to finish

Absolutely loved everything about this book and Kelly Hotten's narration was perfect! One of my favourite ever audiobooks

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