A Richard & Judy Autumn Book Club read. Susan Green doesn't like surprises - she likes to be in control. But at 45 and unexpectedly pregnant her perfect life starts to unravel, and real life in all its messiness shows her that it's never too late to bloom.
A RICHARD AND JUDY AUTUMN BOOK CLUB PICK
'One of the funniest, quirkiest books either of us has read for a long time ... stand by for a slam-bam finish.' Richard & Judy Book Club
'The Cactus will be compared to Gail Honeyman's 2017 hit, the appealingly eccentric Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine' Sunday Times
'Wonderfully funny and astute' Red
'Funny, compelling, well-written...for fans of Marian Keyes who demand a bit of grit in their comic writing' Emerald Street 'Legal battles, lapses of logic and the joys and fears of motherhood are explored in this astute, funny and moving novel of a woman learning how to let go' Daily Mail
'An original, engaging and totally believable character' - Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project
It's never too late to bloom ... People aren't sure what to make of Susan Green - family and colleagues find her prickly and hard to understand, but Susan makes perfect sense to herself.
Age 45, she thinks her life is perfect, as long as she avoids her feckless brother, Edward - a safe distance away in Birmingham. She has a London flat which is ideal for one; a job that suits her passion for logic; and a personal arrangement providing cultural and other, more intimate, benefits.
Yet suddenly faced with the loss of her mother and, implausibly, with the possibility of becoming a mother herself, Susan's greatest fear is being realised: she is losing control. And things can only get worse ... at least in Susan's eyes.
This sparkling debut is a breath of fresh air with real heart and a powerful emotional punch. In Susan we find a character as exasperating and delightful as The Rosie Project's Don Tillman. An uncompromising feminist and a fierce fighter, it's a joy to watch her bloom.
The Cactus will be compared to Gail Honeyman's Eleanor Oliphant Is Absolutely Fine...there is terrible poignancy - The Sunday Times
Legal battles, lapses of logic and the joys and fears of motherhood are explored in this astute, funny and moving novel of a woman learning how to let go - Daily Mail
'Funny, compelling, well-written...for fans of Marian Keyes who demand a bit of grit in their comic writing' - Emerald Street
Fans of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine will love The Cactus ... wonderfully funny and astute - Red
Hilarious and endearing ... anchored by the splendid character of Susan - Publisher's Weekly
This book is charming and easy to read, the perfect tonic to this absurdly grey February - The Pool
An original, engaging and totally believable character
Glorious...it twists and turns through human nature wonderfully. Like Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and The Rosie Project ... a book you just want to read at any opportunity. - Kat Brown