The Radleys- Matt Haig

Synopsis (from amazon)

Life with the Radleys: Radio 4, dinner parties with the Bishopthorpe neighbours and self-denial. Loads of self-denial. But all hell is about to break loose. When teenage daughter Clara gets attacked on the way home from a party, she and her brother Rowan finally discover why they can’t sleep, can’t eat a Thai salad without fear of asphyxiation and can’t go outside unless they’re smothered in Factor 50.

With a visit from their lethally louche Uncle Will and an increasingly suspicious police force, life in Bishopthorpe is about to change. Drastically.


The Radley’s was on my wishlist for years, before I read The Humans, before The Humans was even released. I have a problem, I add things to my wishlist and never buy them, because when I’m in a bookshop (or to a lesser extent on an online store) I get distracted by books which are not on my wishlist, and end up buying them. I think I ended up buying The Radleys because it was on kindle deal.

I’m trying to think how to review without spoiling.

It’s somewhat of a coming of age novel, although not in a classic sense, because the thing which is making the Radley children grow up is not exactly normal. Also that there is a sort of coming of age novel for the parents too- who says you have o be a teenager to ‘come of age’?

At times it was sort of predictable, but that’s ok, I enjoyed it anyway.


Buy it:

Paperback (£8.99)
Kindle (£5.69)

Other reviews:

Reading With Tea

Leeswammes’ Blog

Knitting and Sundries

Curiosity Killed the Bookworm

B Reading

Did I miss your review? Leave me a link in comments and I will add it here


Filed under Contempory, Fantasy, Fiction review

3 responses to “The Radleys- Matt Haig

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  2. litandlife

    Oh, golly, I do the same thing when I’m buying books! I’ve got this lovely list on my computer but it’s too long to print out and carry around so I just have to wing it when I go to the store. Lately, if I know I’ll be going to a bookstore, I have a quick browse at the list so some of the title really stick in my head when I’m looking around. I need to figure out a way to move it to my phone. I’m sure I’ll still be lured by the bright, shiny new books, though!


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