Paula Spencer by Roddy Doyle

About the book

When we first met Paula Spencer – in The Woman Who Walked into Doors – she was thirty-nine, recently widowed, an alcoholic struggling to hold her family together. Paula Spencer begins on the eve of Paula’s forty-eighth birthday. She hasn’t had a drink for four months and five days. Her youngest children, Jack and Leanne, are still living with her. They’re grand kids, but she worries about Leanne. Paula still works as a cleaner, but all the others doing the job now seem to come from Eastern Europe, and the checkout girls in the supermarket are Nigerian. You can get a cappuccino in the café, and her sister Carmel is thinking of buying a holiday home in Bulgaria.

Reviewed by Eastleigh Library Wednesday Group:

Cleverly written, compelling and gritty. The main character is written in the first person giving a true insight to unrelenting, hum-drum life and her struggle to make the best of things. Generally well liked by the group although some thought it too depressing and somewhat boring.

Star rating: ***

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