About the Book – Instructions For a Heatwave

Maggie O'Farrell

Welcome to the first my first Book Club. I have long wanted to be part of a book club, so thought maybe I should just start my own! Every month I will share which book we are going to read, if it goes well I will publish a list of 12 books that I will be reading in 2017 and hope that you will continue to join me! I will post my thoughts on the book in the last week of the month and invite you to comment with what your thoughts were. I will endeavour to publish the book for the next month the same week, so that there is time to purchase or borrow a copy.

I thought I would start off with one of my favourite authors, Maggie O’Farrell. I have read and really enjoyed ‘After You’d Gone’, ‘The Distance Between Us’, ‘The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox’ and ‘The Hand That First Held Mine’. I would recommend all of them. She is a fantastic author and I always feel fully engaged with her stories.

This book was published in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Costa Book awards the same year. The synopsis for the book is as follows:

It’s July 1976. In London, it hasn’t rained for months, gardens are filled with aphids, water comes from a standpipe, and Robert Riordan tells his wife Gretta that he’s going round the corner to buy a newspaper. He doesn’t come back. The search for Robert brings Gretta’s children – two estranged sisters and a brother on the brink of divorce – back home, each with different ideas as to where their father might have gone. None of them suspects that their mother might have an explanation that even now she cannot share.

I am really excited to get stuck into this book! I purchased my copy from my local charity shop, but they are available new or secondhand from Amazon. You can also pick it up for the Kindle there if that is your preferred reading method!

I will write my thoughts for this book in a post on Sunday 28th August, am looking forward to hearing your thoughts and sharing the book with you!

Happy reading 🙂 x

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