I’ve read all of the Adrian Mole books, and there’s been a fair few of them! He didn’t just stop at 13 3/34 back in the 1980s, you know. I haven’t read any of Sue Townsend’s other books before now, but I liked the look of The Woman Who Went to Bed For a Year, so I thought I’d give it a go. And I wasn’t disappointed!
If you’re looking for heavy literature, this book isn’t for you. But if you’re looking for a laugh, with a few darker moments, then this book is great. Pretty much every sentence is funny on some level – from mildly amusing to laugh out loud funny.
On the day her twins go to university, Eva decides to go to bed. Just because she can. There’s no long-term plan, but somehow she decides to stay there. Her husband and mother struggle to cope as she abandons all her responsibilities for the house. Women do loads of work around the house and their other halves don’t realise just how much they do! Who knew?!
Gradually she picks up a following of people thinking she is speaking to them on some deeper level and protesting about the state of life in the 21st century.
As she stays in bed, dark secrets come tumbling out about those around her, and her twins struggle to make sense of university life and the people they meet there.
I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it.