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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.
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: 136,101 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I finished the story rapidly to get to the end! I did not find it a pleasurable read as the main theme was very veiled and in fact, most of the reviews I have read do not mirror or even come close to my thoughts on The Bus On Thursday. I re-read the book and yes, I was right the first time, Eleanor hailed "the Bus" and went to live with her dad in the motel with the heated pool and coffee making facilities. Like I said, I was not entertained by the "comedic" style to illustrate the complexities of breast cancer and psychotic depression, I just wanted to finish it to tie up the lose ends and understand what I had read! I believe it could be a lot better as a movie.
I went into this book blind and what a wild, dark humour ride it was. It was so entertaining and in fact, I believe my enjoyment was enhanced as an audiobook. Since it was narratored in the first person, I felt like Eleanor was telling me the story over a cup of coffee in a very expressive way.
Throughly enjoyable, I believe this one would be good for a book club with so many angles for discussion.
Many thanks to Allen & Unwin for the ARC, and for publishing a book so far from the norm.
Unfortunately, once she lands in Talbingo, everything unravels completely. Her relationship with Gregory (those two were a good match, although I thought the sort of things he said to her were rich, coming from him, and nasty) was weird, her relationship with the children in her care was frightening and all in all, this book was horrible. Poor Miss Barker too.
It really did start off ok, I get that she was frustrated and angry about her situation and wanted to escape, but she ended up being totally unlikeable and I ended up not caring what happened to her.
I know this book was supposed to be quirky but it came off, to me, as trying a bit too hard and it was too weird and Eleanor was too horrible a character for me to like it. I am sorry though, because I think it could have been good.
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I read some one else review who compared it to Jacobs ladder, and I agree with that, but as I said it will stay with me
for a long time.