Meet the Radleys: Peter, Helen and their teenage children, Clara and Rowan, live in a typical suburban English town. They are an everyday family, averagely dysfunctional, averagely content. But, as their children have yet to find out, the Radleys have a devastating secret. In this moving, thrilling and extraordinary portrait of one unusual family, The Radleys asks what we grow into when we grow up, and explores what we gain - and lose - when we deny our appetites.
©2010 Matt Haig (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd
I heard this book reviewed on a BBC program. Everyone on that show just loved it, so I thought, even though I'm over my (long ago) teenage obsession with vampires, I would give it a try. It did not live up to my expectations.
I liked the premise, your basic middle-class vampires trying to live "normal" lives, but I just didn't care about anyone in this story. If I had been reading it, I would not have finished.
Do not expect "Interview with the Vampire" which is, in my humble opinion, still the best vampire book ever written.
Very entertaining, humorous and well written with the perfect narrator. The author has a great way of leading you through the story with great characters and descriptions. It’s really a book about family relationships that almost everyone could relate to. Set in a typical English village we get to know a family which, other then one, have the same worries and concerns as us. Teenage angst, undesirable relatives we'd all like to avoid and skeletons we keep shoved in the airing cupboard behind all the old linen we don't really know why we still keep. Great escapism. I recommend it.
A quirky and engaging story that gives you a window into how "other" people live. If you're looking for a light-hearted, entertaining story... this is it.
"You never know who you neighbours really are...."
Mr and Mrs Radley are a bored middle aged couple. Mum is indifferent to her husband and he is contemplating an affair. Their teenage children are struggling with skin problems, ill advised dietary restrictions and unrequited love. A typical family until one night something terrible happens and they are forced to call on Uncle Will for assistance.
This is a brilliant story of people finally facing up to their true natures after keeping them repressed for many years. Uncle Will is an unforgettable tour de force. Although he is a monster he is also witty, charismatic and deeply tragic. Other reviewers have already exposed this as a vampire tale however this is like no other vampire story I have ever read. After reading another book by Matt Haig 'The Humans' I can't wait for him to write some more adult fiction.
This book is also read by my favourite narrator, Mark Meadows, and yet again he does a brilliant job of bringing all the characters to vivid life.
If you want to read something that is exciting, heartwarming and totally unpredictable
You should give this a try.
This is such a different vampire book that doesnt turn into a slushy teen book! I really enjoyed the fact it was every day life.
This has everything I want in a novel - it's unusual, funny, thoughtful and scary in places; it has fantastic and believable characters and such a great plot. What I wouldn't give to have Matt Haig's imagination; he's one of my favourite writers. The narrator is just right too.
"Another great story from Matt Haig"
After reading The Humans (which is up there as one of my top ten books) I thought I'd seek out more of his work. I discovered The Radleys! Again a totally brilliant story, I don't think I would have chosen a vampire story, but this is just a fantastic story. I loved it.....
"A really entertaining listen"
I really like this writer, and I listen to this book whilst on holiday. It is a great escapism and has a good pace, and although its about vampires, its really about family life and morals. Good book
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