- A Spot of Bother
- Mark Haddon
- Jonathan Cape, London, 2006
This is a great second novel by Haddon, best known for his debut The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time which I have written about in two earlier posts.
A Spot of Bother was shortlisted for the Costa Award (previously known as the Whitbread Award). A French language movie version was released in Belgium in 2009.
Reviews were mixed, but I think that far too many reviewers focused on its difference with Haddon’s wildly popular debut novel. I really enjoyed this screwed-up family story. A hypochondriac father has a worrying rash on his leg. If that isn’t bad enough, his daughter is marrying someone he doesn’t like and his son has just come out of the closet.
This copy is a true first edition in fine/fine condition. I couldn’t believe it today when I checked the price range on AbeBooks for signed copies like this one. You can get an as new signed true first from a reputable seller for less than $50. One copy that has a line from the novel written in by Haddon is about $300.
Considering the fame of Haddon’s Curious incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, I would have thought the the value on these would be higher. Think of it this way though: if Haddon continues to put out first-rate novels, the value of these has no place to go but up.
By the way, check out www.markhaddon.com. It is a fun and interesting website.