The Radleys by Matt Haig
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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 Clara’s 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.

About Matt Haig

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Matt Haig’s first novel for young readers, Samuel Blink and the Forbidden Forest, won the UK’s Blue Peter Book of the Year Award and the Gold Smarties Award. He is also the author of various adult novels, including The Labrador Pact and The Radleys. Reviewers have called his writing “totally engrossing,” “touching, quirky and macabre,” and “so surprising and strange it vaults into a realm of his own.” His books have been translated into twenty-five languages. He lives in York, England, and assures us he has never, ever been a cat—despite rumors that he was once a rather grumpy ginger tabby named Jeffrey.Stacy Curtis finds it purr-fectly impawsible he’s ever been a cat. He is, however, a cartoonist, illustrator, printmaker, and twin who has illustrated more than twenty-five books for children, including the New York Times bestseller The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. He and his wife, Jann, life in the Chicago area and happily share their home with two dogs, Derby and Inky, and no cats.
Published December 28, 2010 by Free Press. 353 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It occurred long in the past, and remains unknown to him, but continues to reverberate in the marriage, as in this moment near the end of a painful argument: “In the small dark cavern she has made with her duvet, her uncontrollable self yearns deeply for that feeling she had years ago, when she h...

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The Guardian

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Matt Haig must be getting pretty weary of the eye-rolling and knowing winks he receives whenever he mentions that his latest novel deals with vampires.

Sep 25 2010 | Read Full Review of The Radleys: A Novel

BC Books

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Yes, vampires in this story can exist without ingesting blood, although it shortens their lifespans (a regular number of years instead of 200) and saps their vitality.

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Book Reporter

THE RADLEYS is a different sort of vampire novel, one that should sate both bloodthirsty fans of the vampire genre and readers who like to sink their teeth into a little social satire.

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Entertainment Weekly

Turns out it’s not so easy to come up with a fresh vampire tale in 2010.

Dec 08 2010 | Read Full Review of The Radleys: A Novel

The Bookbag

Summary: With appeal to older teens and adults, this is a smart and funny vampire story for those who wouldn't touch the slew of lovesick vampires currently availabe with a ten foot wooden stake.

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Dallas News

The trains of vampire lit and actual lit just met, in a glorious burst of sharp red.The Radleys Matt Haig (Free Press, $25) Available Tuesday

Dec 26 2010 | Read Full Review of The Radleys: A Novel

Denver Post

For one thing, Helen and Peter Radley are non-practicing vampires — they don't kill humans or animals for blood — and they're not only raising their teenage children, Rowan and Clara, the same way, but they are also keeping their true nature a secret from them.

Dec 29 2010 | Read Full Review of The Radleys: A Novel

The Sydney Morning Herald

What teenage boy wouldn't enjoy the bit where Rowan – who, like the rest of Haig's vampires, can fly – swoops down from the sky to pick up the class bully, dangling his terrified schoolmate in mid-air until he promises to mend his ways?

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Love Vampires

A reviewer for Paris Match goes so far as to say the novel is “a perfect mix of Beetlejuice and Little Miss Sunshine” – leaving me to wonder if they ever read a novel (as opposed to watching films) and certainly wonder if they had ever read this novel.

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Portland Book Review

I bet you will find something that will interest you 5 stars for a cleverly devised mystery set in PDX a must read for the tween reader in your family You may think you can’t possibly read another vampire book.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Although each vampire novel differs from the next, critics quickly pointed out that Haig's offering, at heart a family drama, contains some unique elements, including references to vampire pop culture both old and new as well as thoughtful inquiries into the nature of morality and identity.

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The Roanoke Times

It’s no news flash that vampire fiction has been hot for the past few years.

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