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ISBN13: 9781439194010
ISBN10: 1439194017
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Just about everyone knows a family like the Radleys. Many of us grew up next door to one. They are a modern family, averagely content, averagely dysfunctional, living in a staid and quiet suburban English town. Peter is an overworked doctor whose wife, Helen, has become increasingly remote and uncommunicative. Rowan, their teenage son, is being bullied at school, and their anemic daughter, Clara, has recently become a vegan. They are typical, that is, save for one devastating exception: Peter and Helen are vampires and have—for seventeen years—been abstaining by choice from a life of chasing blood in the hope that their children could live normal lives.

One night, Clara finds herself driven to commit a shocking—and disturbingly satisfying—act of violence, and her parents are forced to explain their history of shadows and lies. A police investigation is launched that uncovers a richness of vampire history heretofore unknown to the general public. And when the malevolent and alluring Uncle Will, a practicing vampire, arrives to throw the police off Claras trail, he winds up throwing the whole house into temptation and turmoil and unleashing a host of dark secrets that threaten the Radleys marriage.

The Radleys is a moving, thrilling, and radiant domestic novel that explores with daring the lengths a parent will go to protect a child, what it costs you to deny your identity, the undeniable appeal of sin, and the everlasting, iridescent bonds of family love. Read it and ask what we grow into when we grow up, and what we gain—and lose—when we deny our appetites.

Review:

"This witty vampire novel from British author Haig (The Possession of Mr. Cave) provides what jaded fans of the Twilight series need, not True Blood exactly, but some fresh blood in the form of a true blue family. Dr. Peter Radley and his wife, Helen, have fled wild London for the village of Bishopthorpe, where they live an outwardly ordinary life. The Radleys, who follow the rules of The Abstainer's Handbook (e.g., 'Be proud to act like a normal human being'), haven't told their 15-year-old vegan daughter, Clara, and 17-year-old son, Rowan, who's troubled by nightmares, that they're really vampires. A crisis occurs when a drunken classmate of Clara's, Stuart Harper, attacks her on her way home from a party and inadvertently awakens the girl's blood thirst. Peter's call for help to his brother, Will, a practicing vampire, leads to scary consequences. The likable Clara and Rowan will appeal to both adult and teen readers. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

A family satire about midlife crisis, addiction, sexual desire and teenage angst enacted among a 21st-century nuclear family of vampires.

About the Author

Matt Haig is the bestselling author of several children’s books and novels, including The Last Family in England, a UK bestseller, and The Radleys, winner of the ALA Alex Award. An alumnus of Hull University and Leeds, his work has been translated into twenty-nine languages. He lives in New York with his wife, UK novelist Andrea Semple, and their two children.

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ery3612, January 5, 2012 (view all comments by ery3612)
On the surface, this is a story (with very short chapters) about two vampire parents in an English village trying NOT to be vampires and to raise "normal" children -- that is, until something goes horribly wrong and they are forced to confront their true natures. Yet it deals with the deeper themes of self-acceptance, the human need to fit in, the struggle to grow up, and the nature of love. It's a quick, fun read that will resonate with nearly everyone, even those who aren't fans of the vampire genre.
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bookloverxxv, March 4, 2011 (view all comments by bookloverxxv)
This book was better than I expected, not your standard offering. But I did find it somewhat predictable and not as unique and "special" as many people I talked to thought. To each her own. Give it a try but don't expect the best book of the year, just a solid, entertaining read.
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onebookshy, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by onebookshy)
This is a fun read that just happens to be about a family of vampires. With the major outpouring of vampire novels currently out and in the works, The Radleys was a refreshing change of pace for me. It was definitely a character driven story with several interesting plot twists that keep the story moving forward.

Matt Haig has created an average and endearing family in the Radleys - they just happen to have a few more secrets than the rest of us. Peter is the head of the family. He's middle aged and feels he's in a rut ~ in his marriage and his professional life as a small town doctor. Helen runs her household well, but dreams of a man she can't have and a life she left behind. Rowan is a teenager with more than his fair share of trials and tribulations - he's pale, always itchy with a rash and considered a freak by his schoolmates. Clara is also unpopular at school and on top of that is trying to become a vegan. She can't understand why her parents (and her own body) are fighting her so strongly about it.

As we follow this normal-seeming family, the real story starts to unfold. A tragedy occurs which brings to light the fact that the Radleys are vampires hiding in a small, unsuspecting English town. This is a severe shock to Rowan and Clara, especially when they also suddenly meet their uncle Will, a man neither knew existed. He is the key to several of the problems facing the family and plays a pivotal role in what transpires.

There were several times when I found myself laughing out loud. This book was a lovely departure from the current vampire books on the market. It was centered on the family, not the blood-sucking issue. I really liked that the Radleys had a battered copy of "The Abstainer's Handbook" which gave them such gems as "If blood is the answer, you're asking the wrong questions." It is essentially an instruction manual for vampires who choose to not drink blood.

Enjoyable and fun read. I need to mention though, this isn't really a tween book. Although it's being marketed as YA, I think it was intended for an older audience due to some of the sexual tones as well as quite a bit of swearing. More mature teens would be fine with it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439194010
Author:
Haig, Matt
Publisher:
Free Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fantasy - Paranormal
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Vampires
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Horror - General
Publication Date:
20101231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 384 pages Free Press - English 9781439194010 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This witty vampire novel from British author Haig (The Possession of Mr. Cave) provides what jaded fans of the Twilight series need, not True Blood exactly, but some fresh blood in the form of a true blue family. Dr. Peter Radley and his wife, Helen, have fled wild London for the village of Bishopthorpe, where they live an outwardly ordinary life. The Radleys, who follow the rules of The Abstainer's Handbook (e.g., 'Be proud to act like a normal human being'), haven't told their 15-year-old vegan daughter, Clara, and 17-year-old son, Rowan, who's troubled by nightmares, that they're really vampires. A crisis occurs when a drunken classmate of Clara's, Stuart Harper, attacks her on her way home from a party and inadvertently awakens the girl's blood thirst. Peter's call for help to his brother, Will, a practicing vampire, leads to scary consequences. The likable Clara and Rowan will appeal to both adult and teen readers. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , A family satire about midlife crisis, addiction, sexual desire and teenage angst enacted among a 21st-century nuclear family of vampires.
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