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Instructions for a Heatwave


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An unforgettable portrait of an Irish family in crisis in the legendary heatwave of 1976

About the Author

Maggie O'Farrell is the author of the Sunday Times no. 1 bestselling memoir I AM, I AM, I AM, and eight novels: AFTER YOU'D GONE, MY LOVER'S LOVER, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, THE VANISHING ACT OF ESME LENNOX, THE HAND THAT FIRST HELD MINE, which won the 2010 Costa Novel Award, INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HEATWAVE, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Novel Award, THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, which was shortlisted for the 2016 Costa Novel Award, and HAMNET. She lives in Edinburgh.


The Riordans will stay in your mind long after you finish this book. They're funny, infuriating and impossible not to love. They feel like family - Irish TimesMy favourite kind of novel: big-hearted, psychologically complex and utterly gripping - Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, BernadetteUnputdownable - Joanna Briscoe, GuardianInstantly appealing...magical - Daily TelegraphMasterful...holds you on an exquisite knife-edge - Marie ClaireAn author at the top of her game - Sunday ExpressO'Farrell's language is lissom, airborne, mostly seamless, her characters flawed, contradictory, aggravating and instantly knowable. This is a deceptively easy, effortlessly true-feeling novel; a total delight - MetroA quite wonderful novel...at once enthralling, page turning and atmospheric - Irish Examiner

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