For those of you who love to listen to Nat’s audio-work, I’ve got fantastic news. Radio BBC Four has just announced a new ten-parter in its Book At Bedtime series, narrated by Nat. The book is called A Spot of Bother and is written by Mark Haddon. The audio series will start from September 18, 2006 from 22:45-23:00 (GMT) and will be running on the following evenings. There’s also an interview with the author coming up to accompany the broadcast on Sunday, September 10, 2006 from 16:00-16:30 (GMT). For those who do live outside the UK, please use the Listen Again facility on Radio Four, or try to use the Listen Live button.

The story

George Hall is the main character in Haddon’s latest novel. He’s the kind of guy that could get on your nerves. He seems to need distance towards his own family and the trials of fatherhood always have seemed to be a bit too much for him. “The secret of contentment, George felt, lay in ignoring many things completely.” But as most things in life in general, there are things that can't be ignored. He is confronted with – in his eyes – crazy plans of his daughter and a sudden appearance of strange a red circular rash on his hip.

Actually George (57) had plans to settle down to a comfortable retirement, building a shed in his garden and enjoying the freedom to be alone when he wants. But then he runs into a spot of bother. That red circular rash on his hip: George convinces himself it's skin cancer. And the deeply inappropriate new man his daughter brings home? Katie announces he will become her second husband. But there’s more to deal with including his wife’s love affair. George silently begins to go mad.

The family which is falling apart and the ways they come together again is the topic of Haddon’s disturbingly hilarious and entertaining yet deeply touching novel. How does one go insane politely without bothering anyone?

A Spot of Bother is Mark Haddon's follow-up to his best-seller The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

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