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on 3 September 2016
Great, as expected of Maggie
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on 3 March 2013
Lightweight saga with little storyline or pace, this reads as a series of character portraits with a strong whiff of self absorption (in a heat wave that's something of a mirage). Disappointing confirmation Maggie's forte is hamming up emotionally-precious young women.
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on 14 August 2013
This book was rather a struggle to read. Felt like I was taking a long walk n the heatwave with no water to drink!
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on 26 April 2016
Enjoyable and easy to read.
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on 1 July 2013
A very enjoyable book with believable characters and plot. I will be looking out for more books by this author.
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on 26 October 2013
this misses the mark fathers behavior does not ring true a little to trite but a book for a day at the beach
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on 27 August 2014
Really enjoyable easy read
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on 8 December 2014
Not read but love her work
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on 27 September 2013
I love Maggie O'Farrell's style, and 'Instructions for a heatwave' lived up to my expectations. She describes so well the delicate dynamics of family life. Here, the parents are Irish-born but raising their family in North London. Both daughters have flown the nest, and neither is entirely happy with her lot. Aiofe, the younger girl, nurses a terrible shame that threatens her job and her relationship. Monica is uncomfortable as stepmother to a couple of appalling little girls in a house very different to the home of her childhood.

Where has their father gone? He's walked out of the house in the middle of the hottest summer, 1976, and no one knows what's happened to him.
This book offers no easy resolutions, and keeps you guessing till the end. So well-observed, so lovingly-drawn, this family draws you in whether they're in Highbury or on the West Coast of Ireland.
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on 6 May 2015
Great writer and seller.
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