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Instructions for a Heatwave: Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2013 Paperback – 29 Aug 2013

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tinder Press (29 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755358791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755358793
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 689 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 (Irish Times)

My favourite kind of novel: big-hearted, psychologically complex and utterly gripping (Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette)

Unputdownable (Joanna Briscoe, Guardian)

Instantly appealing...magical (Daily Telegraph)

Masterful...holds you on an exquisite knife-edge (Marie Claire)

An author at the top of her game (Sunday Express)

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 (Metro)

A quite wonderful novel...at once enthralling, page turning and atmospheric (Irish Examiner)

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An unforgettable portrait of an Irish family in crisis in the legendary heatwave of 1976

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