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  • Hachette Books Ireland
  • Hachette Books Ireland
  • Hachette Books Ireland

Notes for the Next Time

Eirin Thompson

2 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

She was looking for domestic perfection and she found it ... perfect chaos.

Addled mother-of-three finds her identity buried under layers of clutter in her unkempt home. Dealing with the unrelenting demands of children, the ever-growing pile of laundry, dishes and post, she finds herself having to admit she's no longer able to cope.
Enter her very own 'listening angel' - a supposed good Samaritan from the local charity set up to give support to 'Mums' under pressure.
So why can't she get a word in edgeways? And why is her husband's mood suddenly so elevated - when a certain angel is hovering nearby?
Thus unfolds a dark and hilarious journey into the wilds of suburbia, where unforgettable characters dwell and the unexpected is never far away.
Told through diary-style musings, Notes for the Next Time explores the murky depths beneath the smooth surface of life in a hilarious, surprising and genuinely moving read.
And what looks to be the final nail in the coffin of our mum-on-the-edge's ebbing sanity may actually provide the much-needed catalyst for change.

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Praise for Notes for the Next Time

  • 'I dog eared all the pages that made me laugh out loud and now the book is a mess.' - Roisin Ingle, Irish Times journalist

  • An outstanding talent. Her writing abounds with truth and tenderness' - Sharon Owens

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