A Spot of Bother

Having read and liked Mark Haddon’s The curious incident of the dog in the night time, it took me a year or so to buy his next book, A Spot of Bother. Okay, so I was waiting for the paperback version, but details details.

A Spot of Bother is about a family of four, George and his wife Jean, and their two adult children, daughter Katie and son Jamie. The book deals with the relationship between the family members and leads us into their lives quite beautifully. Haddon uses the points of view of the different characters to tell the stories, which adds a different texture to the book’s narrative.

After reading a few chapters of the book, I found myself admiring how well Haddon adheres to the writer’s advice of Show, don’t tell. The use of humour and Haddon’s storytelling style made this book a treat to read. I finished the book within a day or so, mostly stopping only because of distractions like sleep and food.

Haddon is a talented writer and I can’t wait to see what he’ll serve up next.


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