And in that instant I fall in love. Not just with him, though he is the better part of it, but with them both, with the whole scene: the house, the garden, the magazine perfection of it. And I want very badly to be in this picture.
As Edie Jones lies in a bed on the fourteenth floor of a Cambridge hospital, her adult daughter Dido tells their story, starting with the day that changed everything.
That was the day when Dido – aged exactly six years and twenty-seven days old – met the handsome Tom Trevelyan, his precocious sister, Harry, and their parents, Angela and David.
The day Dido fell in love with a family completely different from her own.
Because the Trevelyans were exactly the kind of family six year-old Dido dreamed of.
And Dido’s mother, Edie, doesn’t do normal.
In fact, as Dido has learnt the hard way, normal is the one thing Edie can never be . . .
“The book expertly follows funny and chubby eight-year-old Dido into adulthood, swinging from gentle comedy towards something sadder, and wiser. This book is a must-read for an exploration of a modern mother-daughter relationship – a topic that is all too often left unexplored in today’s fiction.” - Rachel Revesz, The Independent
“The first foray into adult fiction for children’s author Nadin (who wrote the Penny Dreadful series, and Flying Fergus with Sir Chris Hoy,) with a bittersweet coming of age novel. THE QUEEN OF BLOODY EVERYTHING perfectly captures the pangs of adolescence, first love and growing up in a small town. You’re in for a treat with this one.” - Sarra Manning, Red Magazine
"This heartfelt coming-of-age novel is a wonderful example of 'Spangles Lit', books recalling Seventies childhoods in all their polyester glory." - Wendy Holden, Scottish Daily Mail
"Cleverly crafted and beautifully written, this is a story to lose yourself in." - The People
"Tender and with a wince-inducing evocation of adolescence, you'll fall for the awkward Dido as surely as she falls for the girl next door." - Sunday Mirror
"A brilliant read." - OK Magazine
"Poignant, full of nostalgic period detail, THE QUEEN OF BLOODY EVERYTHING cannot fail to capture hearts." - Lancashire Post