The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend - review

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The Woman Who Went To Bed For A Year by Sue Townsend
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What's The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year about? What would it be like to stay in bed and not have to lift a finger for a whole year? Well that's exactly what Eva Beaver found out in this hilarious novel. The day her twins fly the nest to go to university, Eva decides she's had enough of running around after them and her husband, so she climbs under her duvet and doesn't leave the safety of her bed for a year, not even to bathe or feed herself! But she soon discovers who she can really rely on, especially when Alexander, the handsome handyman who declutters her bedroom and brings her food, comes into her life. During the year Eva also becomes a local celebrity and unearths her boring husband Brian's not so boring secret, but most of all, she discovers herself.

goodtoknow says: Busy mums will love taking time out to read this funny book by the same author who wrote the childhood favourite The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole. Eva is a loveable character, who's easy to relate to. We particularly loved the scene where she writes Brian a Christmas to do list - you'll probably see yourself in the near disasters she warns him of - we did! You'll really laugh out loud at what the brilliantly-illustrated characters say and do, so read it when the kids are in bed, or they'll think you've gone mad.

Rating: 7/10

You'll like this if you liked: Her book, The Public Confessions of a Middle-Aged Woman

Publisher: Michael Joseph

Publish Date: Out now

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Jeanette Purvis

I read this book recently and found it so slow going and boring that unfortunately I gave up after reading a few chapters. It seemed like it was going to be a good read but this was not my type of book too slow paced and very repetitive.


I bought this book purely on the title - well who wouldn't want to live in bed for a year?! (I think all Mums would like some time off!) Anyway, I've not read any books by this author, but I was obviously aware of what she had written, so I was expecting a funny and perhaps thought provoking book. I was unfortunately disappointed. Easy to read, but the story line was sluggish and I kept thinking would the main character of Eva really react like that to each situation? The family relationships between her husband and twin children seem to be there to bulk out the storyline, and to be honest I wasn't really caring much as to whether Eva would ever get out of bed or not! Maybe I missed something but this book just wasn't for me. Having read 'the boy who could see demons' which also deals with metal illness I would certain be recommending that book over this one! Its only plus point is it is a book you could read by the pool whilst in holiday. And maybe leave it there...!!!

Sophie Lambert

I read this book on my holiday and thought it was good but not as good as usual (I have read everything Sue Townsend has written!). It was funny in places but usually her books have me laughing all the way through. At first the whole going to bed and refusing to get out thing was quite funny but as I read on it became pretty clear that Eva was actually really depressed. To be honest with a husband like Brian and kids like Brianne and Brian Junior I can see why! Her saving grace was the lovely Alexander. The book held my interest but I have loved her other books more. I still can't wait for her next offering!

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