Christopher Hart

Drink With The Joneses

I'll Go to Bed at Noon

By Gerard Woodward

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A PORTRAIT OF an alcoholic family in a North London suburb during Britain’s dingy mid-1970s does not, admittedly, sound like the most promising of concepts for a novel. But the wry, compassionate wit and deftness of characterization in Gerard Woodward’s second novel quickly overwhelm any reservations the reader may have.

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