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.
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....
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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.
44 of 47 people found this review helpful
By Walklands on 28-05-18
Struggled to finish this story as I found it tedious and really didn’t care about the characters. Mother and daughter spending most of their time together fighting and bickering was just not enjoyable and the ending was very predictable.
25 of 27 people found this review helpful