Instructions for a Heatwave - Maggie O'Farrell


Although this is a better novel than The Hand that First Held Mine, there is nevertheless something cold about O'Farrell's characters (despite the heatwave, which in any case is forgotten towards the end of the story). They don't quite ring true for me, their motivations frustrating. And I'm for 'slice of life' writing but I didn't even realise that the book had ended when it did, picking it up the next day to find only the acknowledgements left to read.

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