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THE RED HOUSE. by  MARK: HADDON** - UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn. - from R. J. A. PAXTON-DENNY. (SKU: rja590716)

THE RED HOUSE.

THE RED HOUSE. by  MARK: HADDON** - UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn. - from R. J. A. PAXTON-DENNY. (SKU: rja590716)
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THE RED HOUSE.

by HADDON**, MARK:

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ISBN 10
0224096400
ISBN 13
9780224096409
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UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.[Complete number line 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1.] FINE/FINE.No owner inscrptn and no price-clip (£16.99) to dw/dj.Bright,crisp,clean,glossy laminated,photographic blue+white Chinoise porcelain motif'ed illustrated dw/dj,with red lettering; with negligible shelf-wear and creasing to edges and corners - no nicks or tears present.Red circular adhesive label with white lettering advertising Haddon as author of 'The Curious Incident etc.'.Top+ fore-edges though lightly aged/toned are bright and clean; contents bright,tight,clean - pristine - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corners - appears unread - apart from my own collation.Bright,crisp,clean,sharp-cornered,publisher's original,red paper-covered(?) boards with a bright,crisp,stamped silver gilt house motif centrally placed to upper board,bright,crisp,stamped silver gilt letters to spine/backstrip,a b/w striped headband,and immaculate red+white artwork by Rachel Sim,illustrated endpapers. UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn,3-264pp [paginated] includes 8 sections/ chapters covering a Friday to Friday week,plus [unpaginated] half-title+title page,a dedication,sections/chapters,individual separator pages and 2pp blanks at rear. After his mother's death,Richard,a newly remarried hospital consultant, decides to build bridges with his estranged sister, inviting Angela and her family for a week in a rented house on the Welsh border.Four adults and four children,a single family and all of them strangers.Seven days of shared meals,log fires,card games and wet walks.But in the quiet and stillness of the valley, ghosts begin to rise up.The parents Richard thought he had.The parents Angela thought she had.Past and present lovers.Friends, enemies,victims,saviours.And watching over all of them from high on the dark hill,Karen,Angela's stillborn daughter. 'The Red House' is about the extraordinariness of the ordinary,weaving the words and thoughts of the eight characters together with those fainter, stranger voices - of books and letters and music,of the dead who once inhabited these rooms,of the ageing house itself and the landscape in which it sits. Once again Mark Haddon,bestselling author of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time' (see my book ID rja12007 ) and 'A Spot of Bother' (see my book ID rja365212),has written a novel that is funny, poignant and deeply insightful about human lives. Since April 2013,again in March 2015,and in this year too,the UK Post Office has ialtered it's Pricing in Proportion template,altering its prices,weight allowances,dimensions and lowered its qualifying compensation rates too! So,please contact rpaxtonden@blueyonder.co.uk ,for correct shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page!

Synopsis

MARK HADDON is the author of the international bestseller The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time , which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction and the Whit­bread Book of the Year award, and of the New York Times bestseller A Spot of Bother . In addition to The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea , a collection of poetry, Haddon has written and illustrated numerous award-winning children’s books and television screenplays.

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On Dec 10 2016, CloggieDownunder said:
The Red House is the third adult novel by British poet and author, Mark Haddon. A week after burying their mother, Angela's brother Richard, with whom she has had minimal contact for fifteen years, offers to take both their families on holiday. Five weeks later, Dominic, Angela and their three children are on the train to Hay-on-Wye; from Edinburgh, Richard, his wife of six months and his step-daughter are in his Mercedes headed for the same destination: a week in April in a rented house in Herefordshire.

Neither couple expects this to be a jolly family get-together, but they intend to make the best of it. Four adults, three teens and an eight-year-old are gathered in close quarters, all having issues, worries or problems that are slowly revealed to a greater or lesser audience. In between (or sometimes during) meals, walks, excursions, activities and leisure, there are confessions, confrontations, accusations, revelations, tantrums and tears.

And what a feast of emotions and attitudes Haddon heaps on his characters: resentment at carrying the burden of elder care; confusion over sexual orientation; insecurity about a partner's true feelings; enduring grief over a stillborn baby; worry over possible professional misconduct charges; teenage lust; and guilt, lots of guilt, over an extra-marital affair, over previous promiscuity, over bullying, over poor parenting.

While the adults and teens all have their very human flaws, and their words and actions are often easy to comprehend, if not always excuse, it is eight-year-old Benjy, earnest, thoughtful and wholly good, who cannot fail to both tug at the heartstrings and to delight in equal measure.

Even though nothing terribly dramatic happens over the week, and the pace of the story is quite sedate, by Friday, everyone's lives have been changed to some extent. There are rejected kisses, a sprained ankle, hypothermia from exposure, a ghost, a stuffed owl, canoeing, bookshops, makeshift swords, desperate texts, and unreliable memories.

Haddon establishes the era with occasional, almost haphazard passages of current events, movies, music, crazes and world affairs; he treats his readers to some gorgeous descriptive prose: "A great see-saw of light balanced on the fulcrum of Black Hill, the sun rising on one end, the other end sweeping down the flank of Offa's Dyke and switching the colours on as it went". This is a novel somewhat reminiscent of those by David Nicholls, enjoyable and thought-provoking.

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Bookseller Inventory #
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Title
THE RED HOUSE.
Author
HADDON**, MARK:
Book condition
Used - FINE.
Jacket condition
FINE.
Quantity available
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Edition
UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 10
0224096400
ISBN 13
9780224096409
Publisher
LONDON.CAPE,2012.
Place of Publication
London
This edition first published
2012
Keywords
q52.MODERN FIRSTS2.UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.ISBN 9780224096409.The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.A Spot of Bother.Books new,used,signed,rare.
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