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The Bus on Thursday Hardcover – 18 October 2018

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  • ASIN : 0708898793
  • Publisher : Little, Brown Book Group (18 October 2018)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780708898796
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0708898796
  • Dimensions : 22.5 x 2.5 x 13.9 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.4 out of 5 stars 96 ratings

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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 quirky tale is thrillingly original and wildly funny (Sunday People)

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)

It's a hilarious tale, and Eleanor is the perfect anti-heroine. One to brighten gloomy afternoons (Image magazine)

Who would have thought horror-humour would be so fun? It's chilling, but so camp and perfectly paced that it works (Elle)

It defies convention. I was hooked from the opening pages . . . it's laugh-out-loud horrible and
perfectly nuts - you'll never find anything like it again

(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)

Book Description

Bridget Jones meets Twin Peaks in this black comedy about a woman's retreat to a remote Australian town and the horrors awaiting her.

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