Book Review: A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon

A Spot of Bother Hardcover Book

I received Mark Haddon’s latest novel from my girlfriend’s Mom for Christmas (thanks Pat) and I’ve just finished reading it. I started reading A Spot of Bother three days ago and it was very hard to put down. If you’re from a family you’ll like this book.

I’ve read a few reviews of the book online and they weren’t particularly favorable but I really enjoyed A Spot of Bother. It may be that if you’re having to read the book for a living it’s harder to enjoy the family drama and have a good laugh at it.

Having read and enjoyed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Haddon’s best-selling novel about an autistic teen, I was looking forward to reading another one of his novels but was fearful it would be much the same as The Curious… It wasn’t -it’s written in a completely different voice, from a number of points of view.

If you’d like to know the ins and outs of the story before reading it check out New York Times review, About.com’s review, or The Guardian’s review.

A Spot of Bother wasn’t mind-blowing but it was just the read I needed to start the new year. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and I laughed out loud a good many times throughout the book – to the point where I thought my neighbours might be wondering about me.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Jeremy Latham

Wow, it’s been a busy week. On Sunday, Jordan Behan from Tell Ten Friends tagged me with the “5 Things You Didn’t Know About Me” meme and it’s taken me this long to get around to it.

Jeremy Latham with a bird in hand in Australia's Grampian mountains.
This is a picture of me taken in Australia’s Grampian Mountains in ’99 – the van in the background, “George”, was my home for 9 months of my year down-under.

Five things you didn’t know about me:

  1. Bonhomme Carnaval from wikipediaI was “Bonhomme Carnaval for our school’s winter carnival when I was in grade six. We had “Carnaval” at the skating rink and I got to wear the white outfit, the Carnaval belt, and a huge fiberglass Bonhomme Carnaval head that sat on my shoulders. I’m guessing the teachers asked me to be Bonhomme either because I was a good skater and they didn’t want to risk wrecking the nice Bonhomme mask, or because they knew wearing the mask would keep me quiet for a few hours.
  2. I originally thought I would be a teacher. My interest in marketing started while in Australia on a year-long working holiday. At Chapel Street Backpackers in Melbourne, a hostel I worked at, I found a marketing textbook on the bookshelf and I was immediately intrigued. A few months later, while in New Zealand, I met a traveler who was studying marketing and she spoke so highly of it (being a natural marketer herself) that I decided to look into marketing upon my return to Canada. The best thing about marketing is that I’m always learning – it never gets boring.
  3. I love playing games and sports – I don’t like working out at the gym. Some of my favorite memories are playing golf with my Dad, who still claims he can out-drive me.
  4. I spent six weeks in Ishikari/Sapporo, Japan, for an international co-op education exchange when I was 17.
  5. I’ve never had a hole in one at golf. I’ve been very close at Glacier Greens in Comox, landing the ball between the pin and the edge of the cup, but the ball ended up a few feet from the pin.

So now it’s my turn to tag five more bloggers…I’d like to learn 5 things about:

Have a great weekend!