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Instructions for a Heatwave - Maggie O'Farrell

Instructions for a Heatwave - Maggie O'Farrell

Title: Instructions for a Heatwave

Author:  Maggie O'Farrell

ISBN:  9780755358786

Weight:  839 g

Signed first edition, first printing



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Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell

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.

This stunning new novel from Costa-Novel-Award-winning novelist Maggie O’Farrell is a portrait of an Irish family in crisis in the legendary heatwave of 1976.

Peer & Press Reviews

Here is an author whose depth and insight hover just below the surface of an apparently effortless lightness… There is a deliciousness to this novel, a warmth and readability that render it unputdownable and will surely make it a hit.  She’s done it again.

Joanne Briscoe, Guardian

A brilliant domestic drama that teeters on the edge of being a thriller; it’ll hook you in at the start and keep you dangling.

Katie Law, Evening Standard

Consolidates her reputation as a writer who depicts relationships with piercing acuity in haunting, intense prose.  O’Farrell is a deliciously insightful writer, observing the dynamics of relationships and astutely filleting them to the bone.  Her sharp but humane eye dissects every form of human interaction.

Independent on Sunday

Bibliographic Info

Title:Instructions for a Heatwave
Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Overall condition:Very fine / Very fine
Signed:On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher:Headline Publishing Group
Imprint:Tinder Press
Awards and prizes:Costa Novel Award 2013 – shortlist
Publication date:
Printed by:Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13:9780755358786
ISBN 10:0755358783
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d):241 x 161 x 32mm
Design Credits
Author photograph:Ben Gold
Jacket photos (front):Emilie Le Fellic / Echo Images (children) | John MacLean / Millennium Images (window) | Maskot / Plainpicture (table)
Jacket photos (back):Steve Ryan / Getty Images (rooftops) and Yeti Lambregts

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