The Woman Who Went to Bed for A Year

The Woman Who Went to Bed for A Year

Book - 2012
Average Rating:
Rate this:
The day her gifted twins leave home for university, Eva climbs into bed and stays there. For seventeen years she's wanted to yell at the world, "Stop! I want to get off." Perhaps now she will be able to think. Her husband and mother are unsympathetic, but as word spreads, legions of fans begin writing to her or gathering in the street to catch a glimpse of this "angel." This is the story of what happens when someone stops being the person everyone wants them to be.
Publisher: London : Michael Joseph, ©2012
ISBN: 9780718157159
Branch Call Number: F TOW
Characteristics: 436 p. ; 23 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Lexicon_ Apr 11, 2015

I haven't even finished this book, and I'm already giving it full marks. Townsend is funny and creates a fantastic troupe (no other word describes them) of characters.
I've laughed out loud many times while reading this refreshing book. No sugar-coated love story or hollywood take on "Real People".

BPLNextBestAdults Oct 16, 2012

Sue Townsend, one of England’s finest comic writers, first started me laughing when she wrote about the hilarious struggles of Adrian Mole. In her latest novel we meet Eva Beaver, a dutiful wife of an adulterous husband and mother of autistic adult twins. She has scrubbed and polished, cooked and catered for her brood never once complaining or thinking of her own needs. She even ate out of pots while standing up when the family ate, and they never noticed. After finding tomato soup staining a chair which took her 2 years to embroider, she hurls the entire pot of soup on the chair and so begins her self-imposed exile in her bed which she does not leave for a year. This is her time to rebuild and rethink her life. Her transformation is at times full of laughter and tinged with sadness as she gently exposes the foibles and pretensions of the throng of characters who rally around her bedside.

Sep 09, 2012

Long book. First 3/4 of book was interesting but the last quarter dragged on with a very poor ending. The book seemed to suddenly stop with no real closure. Disappointing ending.

Jun 24, 2012

A little long and boring, not a ton of character development. It ended without really tying everything together, and when I'm reading a book that isn't well written or particularly enjoyable then I at least hope for a neat and tidy happy ending. There was some potential, but it wasn't realized for me.

mulberrystreet May 30, 2012

strange but funny.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at RDPL

To Top