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Bursting with raucous energy, while anchored in seriousness, The Bus on Thursday is an intoxicating horror-humor romp (Jeff VanderMeer, author of Annihilation)

Barrett's brilliant second novel plummets headlong into a darkly funny tale (Mail on Sunday)

Funny, angry, feminist . . . [Barrett is] a masterly world-builder (New York Times Book Review)

[Eleanor] is an entertainingly sardonic companion on this blackly humorous journey into horror (Observer)

This quirky tale is thrillingly original and wildly funny. A slippery narrative keeps you guessing what's really going on with a sharply witty narration (Sunday Mirror)

[A] bonkers, rather brilliant comedy . . . Savagely funny, The Bus On Thursday takes the nineteenth-century literary conceit of a woman going mad in the face of repressive social expectations and updates it with brio for the twenty-first century (Metro)

Shirley Barrett has crafted a quirky, one-of-kind, wild ride of a novel with demons, kangaroos, a missing school teacher, a remote town where things are strangely off-kilter, and wonderfully bizarre cast of characters. The Bus on Thursday is a darkly funny and deeply unsettling novel you'll devour in one sitting (Jennifer McMahon)

Fast, funny and downright weird, but a great read (Woman & Home)

A darkly funny story in the company of a riotous, jinxed heroine (Psychologies)

Barrett's narrative rushes headlong forward in a crazy and exhilarating rush of emotion and plot . . . I fell head over heels for The Bus On Thursday for its plain bonkers plot (Stylist) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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'I was hooked from the opening pages . . . it's laugh-out-loud horrible and perfectly nuts' Guardian

'This is a sharp, twisted, hilarious treasure of a book. Sort of Twin Peaks meets Bad Teacher that had me laughing, wincing and falling in love with the flawed and flawless narrator' Jess Kidd

Eleanor arrives in Talbingo - population 241 - looking for a fresh start. But 241 has recently become 240, because the town's schoolteacher has gone AWOL - presenting Eleanor with a chance to start again.


Escaping a life turned upside down, recovering from a bad break-up and illness, Eleanor thinks Talbingo might offer a regenerative form of solitude. What she finds is a remote cabin with no phone service or wifi and an alarming number of locks on the front door, which someone keeps knocking on late at night.


A disconcerting story of small-town life, The Bus on Thursday is a wicked, weird, wild ride.

'Hilarious . . . This witty, wise and rather demented novel occupies a strange, and possibly unique, space between screwball comedy, murder mystery and magical realism' Wendy Holden, Daily Mail


'Funny, angry, feminist . . . [Barrett is] a masterly world-builder' New York Times Book Review

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN : B07DX6V9CL
  • Publisher : Allen & Unwin (26 September 2018)
  • Language : English
  • File size : 1340 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 218 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.4 out of 5 stars 96 ratings

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