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A Spot of Bother

Mark Haddon

George Hall is an unobtrusive man. A little distant, perhaps, a little cautious, not quite at ease with the emotional demands of fatherhood or of manly bonhomie. "The secret of contentment, George felt, lay in ignoring many things completely." Some things in life can't be ignored, however: his tempestuous daughter Katie's deeply inappropriate boyfriend Ray, for instance, or the sudden appearance of a red circular rash on his hip. At 57, George is settling down to a comfortable retirement, building a shed in his garden and enjoying the freedom to be alone when he wants. But then he runs into a spot of bother. That red circular rash on his hip: George convinces himself it's skin cancer. And the deeply inappropriate Ray? Katie announces he will become her second husband. The planning for these frowned-upon nuptials proves a great inconvenience to George's wife, Jean, who is carrying on a late-life affair with her husband's ex-colleague. The Halls do not approve of Ray, for vague reasons summed up by their son Jamie's observation that Ray has "strangler's hands." Jamie himself has his own problems - his tidy and pleasant life comes apart when he fails to invite his lover, Tony, to Katie's wedding. And Katie, a woman whose ferocious temper once led to the maiming of a carjacker, can't decide if she loves Ray, or loves the wonderful way he has with her son Jacob. Unnoticed in the uproar, George quietly begins to go mad. The way these damaged people fall apart - and come together - as a family is the true subject of Haddon's hilarious and disturbing portrait of a dignified man trying to go insane politely. A Spot of Bother is Mark Haddon's unforgettable follow-up to the internationally beloved bestseller The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Once again, Haddon proves a master of a story at once hilarious, poignant, dark, and profoundly human. Here the madness - literally - of family life proves rich comic fodder for Haddon's crackling prose and bittersweet insights into misdirected love. From the Hardco

George Hall is an unobtrusive man. A little distant, perhaps, a little cautious, not quite at ease with the emotional demands of fatherhood or of manly bonhomie. "The secret of contentment, George felt, lay in ignoring many things completely." Some things in life can't be ignored, however: his tempestuous daughter Katie's deeply inappropriate boyfriend Ray, for instance, or the sudden appearance of a red circular rash on his hip. At 57, George is settling down to a comfortable retirement, building a shed in his garden and enjoying the freedom to be alone when he wants. But then he runs into a spot of bother. That red circular rash on his hip: George convinces himself it's skin cancer. And the deeply inappropriate Ray? Katie announces he will become her second husband. The planning for these frowned-upon nuptials proves a great inconvenience to George's wife, Jean, who is carrying on a late-life affair with her husband's ex-colleague. The Halls do not approve of Ray, for vague reasons summed up by their son Jamie's observation that Ray has "strangler's hands." Jamie himself has his own problems - his tidy and pleasant life comes apart when he fails to invite his lover, Tony, to Katie's wedding. And Katie, a woman whose ferocious temper once led to the maiming of a carjacker, can't decide if she loves Ray, or loves the wonderful way he has with her son Jacob. Unnoticed in the uproar, George quietly begins to go mad. The way these damaged people fall apart - and come together - as a family is the true subject of Haddon's hilarious and disturbing portrait of a dignified man trying to go insane politely. A Spot of Bother is Mark Haddon's unforgettable follow-up to the internationally beloved bestseller The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Once again, Haddon proves a master of a story at once hilarious, poignant, dark, and profoundly human. Here the madness - literally - of family life proves rich comic fodder for Haddon's crackling prose and bittersweet insights into misdirected love. From the Hardco
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

George Hall is an unobtrusive man. A little distant, perhaps, a little cautious, not quite at ease with the emotional demands of fatherhood or of manly bonhomie. "The secret of contentment, George felt, lay in ignoring many things completely." Some things in life can't be ignored, however: his tempestuous daughter Katie's deeply inappropriate boyfriend Ray, for instance, or the sudden appearance of a red circular rash on his hip. At 57, George is settling down to a comfortable retirement, building a shed in his garden and enjoying the freedom to be alone when he wants. But then he runs into a spot of bother. That red circular rash on his hip: George convinces himself it's skin cancer. And the deeply inappropriate Ray? Katie announces he will become her second husband. The planning for these frowned-upon nuptials proves a great inconvenience to George's wife, Jean, who is carrying on a late-life affair with her husband's ex-colleague. The Halls do not approve of Ray, for vague reasons summed up by their son Jamie's observation that Ray has "strangler's hands." Jamie himself has his own problems - his tidy and pleasant life comes apart when he fails to invite his lover, Tony, to Katie's wedding. And Katie, a woman whose ferocious temper once led to the maiming of a carjacker, can't decide if she loves Ray, or loves the wonderful way he has with her son Jacob. Unnoticed in the uproar, George quietly begins to go mad. The way these damaged people fall apart - and come together - as a family is the true subject of Haddon's hilarious and disturbing portrait of a dignified man trying to go insane politely. A Spot of Bother is Mark Haddon's unforgettable follow-up to the internationally beloved bestseller The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Once again, Haddon proves a master of a story at once hilarious, poignant, dark, and profoundly human. Here the madness - literally - of family life proves rich comic fodder for Haddon's crackling prose and bittersweet insights into misdirected love. From the Hardco

Language:

English

Narrators:

Charles Keating

Length:

6h 23m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:31


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:37


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:14


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:47


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:05


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:19


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

01:14


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:16


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:44


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

01:09


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:06


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:56


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:17


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:12


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:19


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:55


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:11


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:48


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:13


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:01


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:44


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:19


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:05


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:52


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:19


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:37


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

02:56


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:56


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:04


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

01:53


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:30


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:10


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

01:15


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:12


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:25


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

01:15


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

00:52


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:48


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

01:00


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

01:19


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:03


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:47


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

01:59


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

01:14


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

02:45


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:32


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

02:51


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:02


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

01:41


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:46


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

01:57


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:12


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

01:53


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:34


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

02:39


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:32


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:26


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:46


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

01:15


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:39


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

01:35


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

02:20


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:22


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:49


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:10


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

01:34


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

02:36


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:06


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

02:56


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:38


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

02:24


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

01:56


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:17


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

02:21


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

00:45


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

02:03


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

01:50


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:10


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:08


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

02:56


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

01:10


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

01:46


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

01:24


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:03


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

01:26


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

02:24


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:34


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

02:44


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

02:59


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

01:38


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:19


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

01:45


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:39


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

02:34


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

01:43


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

01:11


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:03


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

01:19


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

00:55


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

01:34


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

01:44


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:30


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

01:59


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

01:45


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

01:06


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

00:47


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:49


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

00:19


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:03


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

02:35


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

01:03


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

02:15


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

02:03


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

01:17


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

02:59


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

02:19


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

01:01


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

02:44


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

02:01


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

00:56


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

02:13


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

03:19


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

02:06


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

02:36


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

02:17


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

01:50


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

02:33


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

01:15


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

00:50


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

01:36


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

00:39


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

01:15


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

05:11


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

03:13


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

02:53


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

05:00


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

02:20


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:35


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

02:24


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:22


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

03:22


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

02:23