By Mark Haddon
A Washington submit Best booklet of the Year
A Spot of Bother is Mark Haddon’s unforgettable follow-up to the across the world loved bestseller The Curious Incident of the puppy within the Night-Time. At sixty-one, George corridor is settling all the way down to a snug retirement. whilst his tempestuous daughter, Katie, publicizes that she is getting married to the deeply beside the point Ray, the corridor relations is thrown right into a tizzy. neglected within the uproar, George discovers a sinister lesion on his hip, and quietly starts to lose his mind.As mom and dad and kids crumble and are available jointly, Haddon paints a anxious but fun portrait of a dignified guy attempting to move insane with courtesy.
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Premier? ) One of the most important duties of driver number one was to come to Jackpot once a week and buy a bottle of the most expensive whiskey for the Stork and his sons. It was part of servant protocol, though don't ask me why, that the junior driver accompany him on this outing. I guess I was supposed to make sure he did not run away with the bottle. Colored bottles of various sizes were stacked up on Jackpot's shelves, and two teenagers behind the counter struggled to take orders from the men shouting at them.
For every hour I spent in the car, he made me spend two or three under it—I was made a free repair mechanic for all the taxis in the stand; late every evening, I emerged from under a taxi like a hog from sewage, my face black with grease, my hands shiny with engine oil. I dipped into a Ganga of black—and came out a driver. "Listen," the old driver said when I was handing him over the hundred rupees he had been promised as bonus. "It's not enough to drive. You've got to become a driver. You've got to get the right attitude, understand?
He put his hands on me. " The Stork had a special use for driver number two. He had bad legs, with blue veins in them, and had been told by a doctor to sit in the courtyard in the evening with his feet in warm water and have them massaged by a servant. I had to heat water on the stove, carry it into the courtyard, and then lift the old man's feet up one after the other and immerse them in the hot water and then massage them both gently; as I did this, he would close his eyes and moan. After half an hour, he would say, "The water's gone cold," and then I had to lift his feet out, one at a time, from the bucket, and carry the bucket in to the toilet.
A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon