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Instructions for a Heatwave

The stunning new novel from Costa-Novel-Award-winning novelist Maggie O'Farrell: a portrait of an Irish family in crisis in the legendary heatwave of 1976.
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The stunning new novel from Costa-Novel-Award-winning novelist Maggie O'Farrell: a portrait of an Irish family in crisis in the legendary heatwave of 1976.

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 wih 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.

©2013 Maggie O'Farrell (P)2013 Headline Digital

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  • ronx59
    UK
    8/23/13
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    "Great book, brilliant performance"

    I am a huge Maggie O'Farrell fan and sometimes I prefer a hard copy of my favourite books rather than an audiobook but was tempted by this. It is one of the best audio books I've ever purchased. Dearbhla Molloy's reading enhances Maggie O'Farrell's wonderful, subtle ,intuitive writing in such an engaging way that I was embarrassed to find myself shouting at, laughing with and crying at the dilemmas and disasters of this family as I listened to it on the tube. Only Maggie O'Farrell can write with such well observed realism and yet with such hopeful compassion. Only this reader, I suggest, could have done such a brilliant job of bringing these characters to even more complicated and vibrant life. I can't recommend this too highly.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    7/29/13
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    "Perfect summer reading!"
    Would you try another book written by Maggie O'Farrell or narrated by Dearbhla Molloy?

    I have read all of Maggies O' Farrell's novels and found this one quite different in style and plot but it was nevertheless a good read.


    What does Dearbhla Molloy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    As most of the characters are Irish the narrator's accent gave a genuine feel to the book though I found it irritating at times.


    Was Instructions for a Heatwave worth the listening time?

    Not the best of her books and in particular I was not drawn to any of characters which makes it hard to sustain interest in the plot unlike her other novels which I struggled to put down.


    Any additional comments?

    Fascinating information about the way Londoners dealt with the 1976 heat wave !

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Isabelle
    United Kingdom
    5/15/13
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    "Delightful book, beautifully read."

    I absolutely loved this book. I've read all Maggie O'Farrell's previous books and enjoyed them. I was nervous that the narrator might spoil it for me, but Dearbhla Molloy did such a good job, that I didn't want the book to finish.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    Warwick, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Great book"

    I love Maggie O'Farrell books, and her latest didn't disappoint.



    I really enjoyed Instructions for a Heatwave. It's beautifully written and the characters are believable.



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MRS
    Pego, Spain
    12/5/13
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    "Really enjoyable"
    Where does Instructions for a Heatwave rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a really enjoyable book, not to be ranked amongst the classics but a real page turner that made you want to get to the end. A light read but quite different with all the family members with their miriad of emotional problems. It had a realistic storyline and anyone who was about during the summer of 1976 will comprehend the sheer monotony of every day living in the heat. The narrator was superb and has such a likeable tone that the whole story ran along very smoothly.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Instructions for a Heatwave?

    Probably when Eefa started hoarding the contracts into the blue folder as if she was an ostritch, never knowing if the problem would be resolved and if it was what the outcome would be. I was startled that no-one had identified the nature of her problem, (even in 1976) but was quite amazed that she was able to continue such a productive lifestyle with this hiden secret. I felt for her as I once worked with someone just like her.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I enjoyed Greta at the convent. It was written with great empathy, yet almost had a touch of humour because of the circumstances of her being there..


    Any additional comments?

    Maggie O'Farrell has a great talent for making characters come alive and even those with unfortunate traits sit well with the narrative from beginning to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mrs
    DURHAM, United Kingdom
    10/10/13
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    "Read the book and still no idea what it was about"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The only reason I finished this book was because I was on holiday and did not have another book left to read. It was a complete waste of time do not read it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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