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Instructions for a Heatwave

The bestselling novel from the prize-winning author of THE MARRIAGE PORTRAIT and HAMNET
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    • Maggie O'Farrell
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A story of a dysfunctional but deeply loveable family reunited, set during the legendary summer of 1976, INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HEATWAVE by Maggie O'Farrell was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Novel Award and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller (2013).

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 with 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.
  • Published: Sep 03 2020
  • Pages: 352
  • 196 x 130mm
  • ISBN: 9780755358793

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Press Reviews

  • Irish Times
    The Riordans will stay in your mind long after you finish this book. They're funny, infuriating and impossible not to love. They feel like family
  • Maria Semple, author of <i>Where'd You Go, Bernadette<i>

    My favourite kind of novel: big-hearted, psychologically complex and utterly gripping
  • Joanna Briscoe, <i>Guardian</i>

  • Daily Telegraph
    Instantly appealing...magical
  • Marie Claire
    Masterful...holds you on an exquisite knife-edge
  • Sunday Express
    An author at the top of her game
  • Metro
    O'Farrell's language is lissom, airborne, mostly seamless, her characters flawed, contradictory, aggravating and instantly knowable. This is a deceptively easy, effortlessly true-feeling novel; a total delight
  • Irish Examiner
    A quite wonderful once enthralling, page turning and atmospheric
  • Priscilla Morris, author of Black Butterflies

    An accomplished debut that excellently conveys the experience of being deaf in a hearing world. A Sign of Her Own gives a fascinating insight into a moment in history when the invention of the telephone was poised to connect countless people, yet deaf communities were being silenced by a movement against the use of sign language. Beautifully written, absorbing and illuminating