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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd (2 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847679811
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847679819
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.2 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 428,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Whitehouse has caught, through a debut novel that is as soulful as it is funny, the claustrophobia, tenderness, jealous resentment and horror of living under the same roof as your parents... Bed is a satisfyingly complex meditation on what it means to need and be needed.
--Jenn Ashworth, Guardian

...the talk of the town.
--Independent on Sunday

About the Author

David Whitehouse was born in 1981. His journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the Sunday Times, the Independent, Esquire, Time Out, and the Observer Magazine. His first short film, 'The Archivist', produced by Warp Films and the BBC, opened the BBC Electric Proms in 2008 and screened at film festivals including Seattle and Munich. Bed is his first novel. It was the inaugural winner of the To Hell with Prizes award in 2010.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By CannedCourage on 24 Jun 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Thoroughy enjoyed this book. Not a subject matter i'd normally go for but gave it a go and was quickly hooked on what is a beautiful and thoughtful love story. The style is such that you are moved back and forth between the years, always keeping the reader guessing and more importantly asking yourself the question the protagonist wants answering himself, 'why?'
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on 15 Jun 2011
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An extraordinary book, incredibly revealing of the human capacity for sadness and how it can destroy. David brutally and beautifully exposes the modern pressures and struggles we all face, leaving you feeling like you've read and experienced something very real.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mnyberg on 14 July 2011
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This debut novel is extraordinary. David Whitehouse writes in beautiful evocative language that one cannot resist. He builds the characters and their milieu in a way that makes you feel like you are there witnessing the events unfolding, and importantly, also makes you care deeply for all the main characters. Themes of love, unrequited love, quiet desperation, joy and tenderness are all integrated into the story and are handled with a maturity that belies the author's age of only 30 years. Throughout the book there are moments of laugh-out-loud hilarity that are set up expertly, derived from often absurd but entirely believable scenarios.
I thoroughly recommend this book and I look forward to what comes next from this young author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hollie on 22 Mar 2012
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Quite a strange story! The book is centred around Malcom Ede. He took to his bed on his 25th birthday and has stayed there for the last 20 yrs or so. He is now morbidly obese! Malcolm's brother tells the reader the story of Malcolm and how the situation has impacted on his life and that of his family.

Parts of the book are quite humorous despite the subject matter. The story is well told and the descriptions are good but I just felt this book was lacking something. I found that I had lost interest by the end of the book and the ending left me completely unsatisfied.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Colacube on 17 Dec 2012
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A great read about a crazy and yet totally normal family. Thought provoking page turner. I would definitely recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bethhh on 27 Oct 2012
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This Book is written very cleverly and had me hooked the whole way through. The ending has a strange and intriguing twist which just makes the book amazing. I read this book in a few hours on a kindle as i could not put it down. Worth buying and a brilliant read!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mandy on 3 July 2012
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very well written and makes you believe in the characters. an excellent read. would highly recommend. makes you ask why? I shed a tear at the e d
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Both the Macs VINE VOICE on 21 Mar 2012
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This book starts before you open it, with a glorious cover.... It's a pyjama jacket, and the three buttons are raised, as is the collar. The title is woven between the stripes of the pyjamas - and it's inspired! For some reason I missed this book altogether last year, it was on the long list for the Booker prize, and maybe subconsciously I dismissed it (as I tend to steer clear of prize winners - and in this case, those on the list).

Suppose that you were Malcolm, a man who was disilusioned with life in general in his teens, and who takes to his bed as a protest? I found him an aggrevation and a half from the outset - a child who sought attention by removing his clothes at inopportune moments, and then I wondered if this was the kind of behaviour that might have meant he was in the Asperger's grouping.... but finally I decided that he was just a man who wanted his own way, despite what he said at the end. The story is told my his (unnamed) brother, who watches his family disintegrate under the strain, who is in love with Malcolm's girlfriend, and who loves his brother but doesn't understand why he has done this. The recurring theme here is why people do certain things for love, and what happens when they do those things - I think that all of us will recognise ourselves in at least one of the characters

I did think, for at least half of the book, that this was aimed at the YA market but ultimately don't think so - I think it might be a book that any age group might find fascinating. It does jump around, timewise, which may confuse, although it wasn't a problem for me. The chapters are short, and some of the sentences too, but I found the author's very odd style easy to read, and hard to put down.
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