The Radleys eBook Þ Hardcover

The Radleys eBook Þ Hardcover


10 thoughts on “The Radleys

  1. Kelly (and the Book Boar) Kelly (and the Book Boar) says:

    Find all of my reviews at was looking for a scary vampire story You’re probably thinking “duh Salem’s Lot you idiot” Well smartypantses that was my first choice too and then “The Cloud” ate it Whoever decided we should put our faith in clouds anyway? They aren’t very stable Anywho since the geniuses at all hail couldn’t solve my problem all lickity splitty like I demanded don’t they know who I am? I have fives of followers who want to know what I’m reading I decided to pick up another vampire book and prepared to get all scurrrrred with The Radleys Jokes on me This one wasn’t scary at all but it was awesome The Radleys take all of the redonkulous things there are to complain about when it comes to vampire stories and turns them on their ear To begin with the Radley family members are vegetarians No not that kind You know what I’m talking about The dreaded vampire vegetarian No blood no foul right? Well it was up until the Radley teens started pubing out and discovered some of their buddies might actually be “their own personal brand of heroin” Ahhhh if only everyone could be as restrained as Edward Cullen and be satisfied to simply stalk the girl of their dreams Such is not the case with the Radleys however and a little accident happens Leading the Radley parents to seek some outside help in order to cover up explain what’s going on with the children Enter Uncle Will – who for whatever reason I pictured as something kinda like this Well without the extra face on the back of his head and all that jazz Thank you brain Wes Bentley? Good right? Wait where was I? Oh yeah making a picturebook So anyway Uncle Will arrives to save the day introduce us to some vampire clichés and eventually all the skeletons figuratively not literally come tumbling out of the closet resulting in a most delightful twist on a book about family Highly recommended to anyone looking for a different kind of vampire story


  2. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    Matt Haig is turning into my newest favourite author I especially love that he is English and that one of the major scenes takes place in a cinema in Thirsk I always like it when I can say Been there I did not meet any vampires though Not that I know of anywayI thought this was a very amusing book with a slightly different take on the vampire life style I enjoyed our insights into the Radley family and their attempts to live a life without drinking blood Some of the uotes from The Abstainer's Handbook were hilarious I was entertained by all of characters as they struggled with all the issues of a normal life made worse by the added problems caused by denying their true being A thoroughly enjoyable book which could be read by anyone not just readers who like the para normal or who are looking for horror There are vampires there is blood and a touch of horror but basically it is a book about families and the ties that bind Very well worth reading


  3. Cyna Cyna says:

    The Radleys is not exactly a paranormal romance Both the back of the book and the introductory letter in our ARC by Free Press Senior Editor Amber ureshi call it a 'domestic drama' or as Amber says of an American Beauty than a Twilight This is an accurate description I think I barely remember American Beauty and exactly the reason I fell in love with The Radleys by the end of the first chapterThe writing here is solid It flows it's uick light and oh God you have no idea how much of a wonderful relief this is it's intelligent There's no pandering no painfully awkward witty exchanges that are trying too hard and often failing to be funny The dialog is natural and the characters speak the way normal people speak In England anyway I can't emphasize enough how wonderful it is to read a vampire book with a tone that isn't dumbed down or soaked in angst and doesn't take itself too seriouslyBut again calling The Radleys a vampire book isn't fair The vampirism here is really incidental Being a vampire and all the blood biting and changing that go with it really only serve as a stand inallegory for everything from alcohol to the suppression of basic aspects of human nature for the sake of conformity And it's kind of awesomeIt's not perfect thoughRead at You're KillingUs


  4. Anne Anne says:

    45 stars The Radleys is an awesome story if you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary Which I was The plot is pretty crazy in the way that only something in a suburban ish setting can be Think American Beauty but with fangs Cute huh?It's about the lies that you tell your spouse the lies that you tell your kids and the lies that you tell yourself Mostly though it's about the conseuences of repressing yourself just to fit in I mean there's got to be a happy medium right?


  5. SJ SJ says:

    Let's get one thing straight here shall we? This isn't a book about vampiresOkay yes It's a book which has vampire characters I won't dispute that But the book itselfthat's not what it's about Not the way I see itThis is instead a book about family and relationships and love and how we love the people who hurt us and hurt the people we love It's a book about the blurry lines between our intrinsic nature and desires the way that we cope with those things And it's about how you play the hand you were dealt All this is wrapped up in a clever well written sharp voice with just enough hints of gore to keep you a little sick but not so much that it ever over shadows the relationships in the storyI'll admit I found this to be something of an emotional ride It was just SO DARN DEPRESSINGat times I thought for sure it would end as low as it started The ending was a real surprise for me and worth the wait This book really reminds me why I am an adult who reads young adult fiction


  6. Laura Laura says:

    Rating 3 starsPlot 25Characters 3Writing style 35Matt Haig's The Radleys' is a story about at first sight ordinary small town family that happen to be abstaining vampires Their lives are changed forever after one bloody night 17 years of secrets starts coming outIt's not your typical book about vampires I really enjoyed this fresh take on what it would really mean to be one I wasn't the biggest fan of the plot and characters development though The beggining of the book was very promising but later on it got choppy and a bit dull LTUĮvertinimas 3 žvaigždutėsSiužetas 25Veikėjai 3Rašymo stilius 35Matt Haig Radliai tai istorija apie iš pažiūros niekuo neišsiskiriančią mažo miestielio šeimą kurie iš tiesų yra vegetarai vampyrai Jų gyvenimai negrįžtamai pasikeičia vieną kruviną naktį 17 metų saugotos paslaptys pradeda atsiskleistiŠi knyga nėra tipinė vampyrų istorija Patiko kitoks naujas požiūris į tai ką reikštų būti vampyruDeja nesužavėjo siužeto ir veikėjų vystymas Knygos pražia buvo puiki bet vėliau istorija vietomis tapo nuobodoka kai kurie skyriai pasirodė visai beprasmiai


  7. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    Excellent little story of family secrets and what happens when a tightly woven lie begins to unravelIn this story Peter and Helen Radley have moved out to a pleasant village in the English country side to raise their children Rowan and Clara They wanted to escape their wild life in London and live a uiet ordinary life with their children and live a peaceful normal life Well as normal a life as you can have when you are an Abstainer a non practicing vampireTheir uiet life takes a decidedly non uiet turn when teenaged Clara is attacked at party by another teen boy and goes vamp on him and kills him Her parents are now faced with explaining the family secret to the kids who had no idea they were vamipres and finding a way to cover up this murderLots of fun good family drama and a nice resolution Recommended for folks who like vampire stories but don't want all the Twilight teen drama or vampire paranormal romance


  8. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    Twilight eat your heart out In this immensely satisfying read Matt Haig presents us with the Radleys a typical middle class English family that just happens to want to drink your blood But like good Britons they are fighting against their baser instincts and leading an upstanding existence in a uaint country town Having recently read Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach the portrait of the yet again typically repressed Brits was especially on point But than poking fun at the English stiff upper lip it was nice to see a vamipre story with some actual blood in it's veins one that gets down to the nitty gritty of what it would mean to actually be a vampire with out romanticizing it too muchUltimately The Radleys was able to take this well worn genre and have an entirely fresh take on it It calls to mind something like what The Sopranos did for Mafia films or even a touch of Shawn of the DeadSo of course the next uestion is seuel Mr Haig?note this book was a Goodreads First Readhttpsometimesjenniferreadswordpre


  9. Jackie Jackie says:

    Yes it's true It IS another vampire book But with some interesting new ideas about abstaining vampires they don't drink blood any just eat a whole lot of rare meat and mixing in with society that keep it fun and fresh and the pages flying by It's a British novel so there are some interesting uirks there as well The basic premise is that two abstaining vampires one a born vampire one converted have become your basic suburban couple with two teenagers two vampire teenagers who have no idea they are vampires Their pale skin and sunlight issues have been variously explained away to them Until one night at a party when a boy tries to attack Clara and she ends up pretty much eating him Then the blood really hits the fan and 17 years of secrets start coming out I found it uite entertaining with bits of mystery love story and actionhorror But NC17 I'd say not for Twilight teeny boppers


  10. Marianne Marianne says:

    “I can control myself Look for God’s sake Look at everyone Everyone represses everything Do you think any of these ‘normal’ human beings really do exactly what they want to do all the time? ‘Course not It’s just the same We’re middle class and we’re British Repression is in our veins”The Radleys is the third adult novel by British author Matt Haig Another novel featuring abstaining teenaged vampires? Well yes but this is Matt Haig’s creation set in a North Yorkshire village a world away from Twilight Seventeen years ago Peter and Helen Radley became abstainers They now eschew human blood surviving on animal products even if it means a reduced life expectancy continual migraines depression and low energy levels With their two teenagers Rowan and Clara they try to live a normal middle class life in BishopthorpeDespite their efforts to blend in not everyone around them is convinced Their next door neighbours sense something and Clara’s new friend Eve Copeland is recently arrived from Manchester with her ex CID father who is casting a suspicious eye on the Radleys Rowan and Clara are themselves completely unaware knowing only that something is not uite right they’ve no energy get skin rashes from sun exposure can’t sleep animals avoid them and the kids at school think they’re weird Recently Clara has undertaken to become a vegan exacerbating the chance of an attack of OBT Overwhelming Blood Thirst a condition to which she has no idea she might be prone Then circumstances place her in a field on a Friday night with an insistent and very drunk young thug and the inevitable happens And when Peter’s older brother Will a charismatic practising vampire with an insatiable and indiscriminate bloodlust turns up to help deal with the family’s crisis things really get complicatedIn this tale Haig gives the reader an original plot that showcases his talent for portraying everyday characters facing not so everyday situations He describes the English village life to a T even if Bishopthorpe only thinks it is “A place which fools itself into believing it is the epitome of a uaint English village but which like most places is really just one large fancy dress shop with subtle costumes”The narrative taking place over four days in May is from multiple perspectives and is supplemented by uotes from The Abstainer’s Handbook There’s plenty of dark humour including the irony of a vampire who would be most people’s nightmare actually having nightmares himself Haig’s cops monitoring vampires the Unnamed Predator Unit though are chillingly pragmatic when it comes to vampire kills Haig’s characters develop and mature under the pressure of events and he gives them some insightful observations “The kind of thrill people get when something devastating happens a thrill they never admit to but which dances in their eyes as they talk about how bad they feel” and “It felt strangely grown up too as though that’s what being an adult was – the ability to know which secrets needed keeping And which lies will save the ones you love” are examplesCertain Australian beer drinkers will be delighted to learn that VB in this case Vampire Blood is a revered tipple in vampire society Another brilliant offering from Matt Haig this one is intelligent clever and blackly funny


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The Radleys ❮BOOKS❯ ✬ The Radleys Author Matt Haig – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk 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 uiet suburban English t 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 uiet 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.

  • Hardcover
  • 366 pages
  • The Radleys
  • Matt Haig
  • English
  • 11 October 2015
  • 9781439194010

About the Author: Matt Haig

Matt Haig was born in Sheffield England in He writes books for both adults and children often blending the worlds of domestic reality and outright fantasy with a uirky twist His bestselling novels are translated into languages The Guardian has described his writing as 'delightfully weird' and the New York Times has called him 'a novelist of great talent' whose writing is 'funny rive.


10 thoughts on “The Radleys

  1. Kelly (and the Book Boar) Kelly (and the Book Boar) says:

    Find all of my reviews at was looking for a scary vampire story You’re probably thinking “duh Salem’s Lot you idiot” Well smartypantses that was my first choice too and then “The Cloud” ate it Whoever decided we should put our faith in clouds anyway? They aren’t very stable Anywho since the geniuses at all hail couldn’t solve my problem all lickity splitty like I demanded don’t they know who I am? I have fives of followers who want to know what I’m reading I decided to pick up another vampire book and prepared to get all scurrrrred with The Radleys Jokes on me This one wasn’t scary at all but it was awesome The Radleys take all of the redonkulous things there are to complain about when it comes to vampire stories and turns them on their ear To begin with the Radley family members are vegetarians No not that kind You know what I’m talking about The dreaded vampire vegetarian No blood no foul right? Well it was up until the Radley teens started pubing out and discovered some of their buddies might actually be “their own personal brand of heroin” Ahhhh if only everyone could be as restrained as Edward Cullen and be satisfied to simply stalk the girl of their dreams Such is not the case with the Radleys however and a little accident happens Leading the Radley parents to seek some outside help in order to cover up explain what’s going on with the children Enter Uncle Will – who for whatever reason I pictured as something kinda like this Well without the extra face on the back of his head and all that jazz Thank you brain Wes Bentley? Good right? Wait where was I? Oh yeah making a picturebook So anyway Uncle Will arrives to save the day introduce us to some vampire clichés and eventually all the skeletons figuratively not literally come tumbling out of the closet resulting in a most delightful twist on a book about family Highly recommended to anyone looking for a different kind of vampire story

  2. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    Matt Haig is turning into my newest favourite author I especially love that he is English and that one of the major scenes takes place in a cinema in Thirsk I always like it when I can say Been there I did not meet any vampires though Not that I know of anywayI thought this was a very amusing book with a slightly different take on the vampire life style I enjoyed our insights into the Radley family and their attempts to live a life without drinking blood Some of the uotes from The Abstainer's Handbook were hilarious I was entertained by all of characters as they struggled with all the issues of a normal life made worse by the added problems caused by denying their true being A thoroughly enjoyable book which could be read by anyone not just readers who like the para normal or who are looking for horror There are vampires there is blood and a touch of horror but basically it is a book about families and the ties that bind Very well worth reading

  3. Cyna Cyna says:

    The Radleys is not exactly a paranormal romance Both the back of the book and the introductory letter in our ARC by Free Press Senior Editor Amber ureshi call it a 'domestic drama' or as Amber says of an American Beauty than a Twilight This is an accurate description I think I barely remember American Beauty and exactly the reason I fell in love with The Radleys by the end of the first chapterThe writing here is solid It flows it's uick light and oh God you have no idea how much of a wonderful relief this is it's intelligent There's no pandering no painfully awkward witty exchanges that are trying too hard and often failing to be funny The dialog is natural and the characters speak the way normal people speak In England anyway I can't emphasize enough how wonderful it is to read a vampire book with a tone that isn't dumbed down or soaked in angst and doesn't take itself too seriouslyBut again calling The Radleys a vampire book isn't fair The vampirism here is really incidental Being a vampire and all the blood biting and changing that go with it really only serve as a stand inallegory for everything from alcohol to the suppression of basic aspects of human nature for the sake of conformity And it's kind of awesomeIt's not perfect thoughRead at You're KillingUs

  4. Anne Anne says:

    45 stars The Radleys is an awesome story if you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary Which I was The plot is pretty crazy in the way that only something in a suburban ish setting can be Think American Beauty but with fangs Cute huh?It's about the lies that you tell your spouse the lies that you tell your kids and the lies that you tell yourself Mostly though it's about the conseuences of repressing yourself just to fit in I mean there's got to be a happy medium right?

  5. SJ SJ says:

    Let's get one thing straight here shall we? This isn't a book about vampiresOkay yes It's a book which has vampire characters I won't dispute that But the book itselfthat's not what it's about Not the way I see itThis is instead a book about family and relationships and love and how we love the people who hurt us and hurt the people we love It's a book about the blurry lines between our intrinsic nature and desires the way that we cope with those things And it's about how you play the hand you were dealt All this is wrapped up in a clever well written sharp voice with just enough hints of gore to keep you a little sick but not so much that it ever over shadows the relationships in the storyI'll admit I found this to be something of an emotional ride It was just SO DARN DEPRESSINGat times I thought for sure it would end as low as it started The ending was a real surprise for me and worth the wait This book really reminds me why I am an adult who reads young adult fiction

  6. Laura Laura says:

    Rating 3 starsPlot 25Characters 3Writing style 35Matt Haig's The Radleys' is a story about at first sight ordinary small town family that happen to be abstaining vampires Their lives are changed forever after one bloody night 17 years of secrets starts coming outIt's not your typical book about vampires I really enjoyed this fresh take on what it would really mean to be one I wasn't the biggest fan of the plot and characters development though The beggining of the book was very promising but later on it got choppy and a bit dull LTUĮvertinimas 3 žvaigždutėsSiužetas 25Veikėjai 3Rašymo stilius 35Matt Haig Radliai tai istorija apie iš pažiūros niekuo neišsiskiriančią mažo miestielio šeimą kurie iš tiesų yra vegetarai vampyrai Jų gyvenimai negrįžtamai pasikeičia vieną kruviną naktį 17 metų saugotos paslaptys pradeda atsiskleistiŠi knyga nėra tipinė vampyrų istorija Patiko kitoks naujas požiūris į tai ką reikštų būti vampyruDeja nesužavėjo siužeto ir veikėjų vystymas Knygos pražia buvo puiki bet vėliau istorija vietomis tapo nuobodoka kai kurie skyriai pasirodė visai beprasmiai

  7. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    Excellent little story of family secrets and what happens when a tightly woven lie begins to unravelIn this story Peter and Helen Radley have moved out to a pleasant village in the English country side to raise their children Rowan and Clara They wanted to escape their wild life in London and live a uiet ordinary life with their children and live a peaceful normal life Well as normal a life as you can have when you are an Abstainer a non practicing vampireTheir uiet life takes a decidedly non uiet turn when teenaged Clara is attacked at party by another teen boy and goes vamp on him and kills him Her parents are now faced with explaining the family secret to the kids who had no idea they were vamipres and finding a way to cover up this murderLots of fun good family drama and a nice resolution Recommended for folks who like vampire stories but don't want all the Twilight teen drama or vampire paranormal romance

  8. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    Twilight eat your heart out In this immensely satisfying read Matt Haig presents us with the Radleys a typical middle class English family that just happens to want to drink your blood But like good Britons they are fighting against their baser instincts and leading an upstanding existence in a uaint country town Having recently read Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach the portrait of the yet again typically repressed Brits was especially on point But than poking fun at the English stiff upper lip it was nice to see a vamipre story with some actual blood in it's veins one that gets down to the nitty gritty of what it would mean to actually be a vampire with out romanticizing it too muchUltimately The Radleys was able to take this well worn genre and have an entirely fresh take on it It calls to mind something like what The Sopranos did for Mafia films or even a touch of Shawn of the DeadSo of course the next uestion is seuel Mr Haig?note this book was a Goodreads First Readhttpsometimesjenniferreadswordpre

  9. Jackie Jackie says:

    Yes it's true It IS another vampire book But with some interesting new ideas about abstaining vampires they don't drink blood any just eat a whole lot of rare meat and mixing in with society that keep it fun and fresh and the pages flying by It's a British novel so there are some interesting uirks there as well The basic premise is that two abstaining vampires one a born vampire one converted have become your basic suburban couple with two teenagers two vampire teenagers who have no idea they are vampires Their pale skin and sunlight issues have been variously explained away to them Until one night at a party when a boy tries to attack Clara and she ends up pretty much eating him Then the blood really hits the fan and 17 years of secrets start coming out I found it uite entertaining with bits of mystery love story and actionhorror But NC17 I'd say not for Twilight teeny boppers

  10. Marianne Marianne says:

    “I can control myself Look for God’s sake Look at everyone Everyone represses everything Do you think any of these ‘normal’ human beings really do exactly what they want to do all the time? ‘Course not It’s just the same We’re middle class and we’re British Repression is in our veins”The Radleys is the third adult novel by British author Matt Haig Another novel featuring abstaining teenaged vampires? Well yes but this is Matt Haig’s creation set in a North Yorkshire village a world away from Twilight Seventeen years ago Peter and Helen Radley became abstainers They now eschew human blood surviving on animal products even if it means a reduced life expectancy continual migraines depression and low energy levels With their two teenagers Rowan and Clara they try to live a normal middle class life in BishopthorpeDespite their efforts to blend in not everyone around them is convinced Their next door neighbours sense something and Clara’s new friend Eve Copeland is recently arrived from Manchester with her ex CID father who is casting a suspicious eye on the Radleys Rowan and Clara are themselves completely unaware knowing only that something is not uite right they’ve no energy get skin rashes from sun exposure can’t sleep animals avoid them and the kids at school think they’re weird Recently Clara has undertaken to become a vegan exacerbating the chance of an attack of OBT Overwhelming Blood Thirst a condition to which she has no idea she might be prone Then circumstances place her in a field on a Friday night with an insistent and very drunk young thug and the inevitable happens And when Peter’s older brother Will a charismatic practising vampire with an insatiable and indiscriminate bloodlust turns up to help deal with the family’s crisis things really get complicatedIn this tale Haig gives the reader an original plot that showcases his talent for portraying everyday characters facing not so everyday situations He describes the English village life to a T even if Bishopthorpe only thinks it is “A place which fools itself into believing it is the epitome of a uaint English village but which like most places is really just one large fancy dress shop with subtle costumes”The narrative taking place over four days in May is from multiple perspectives and is supplemented by uotes from The Abstainer’s Handbook There’s plenty of dark humour including the irony of a vampire who would be most people’s nightmare actually having nightmares himself Haig’s cops monitoring vampires the Unnamed Predator Unit though are chillingly pragmatic when it comes to vampire kills Haig’s characters develop and mature under the pressure of events and he gives them some insightful observations “The kind of thrill people get when something devastating happens a thrill they never admit to but which dances in their eyes as they talk about how bad they feel” and “It felt strangely grown up too as though that’s what being an adult was – the ability to know which secrets needed keeping And which lies will save the ones you love” are examplesCertain Australian beer drinkers will be delighted to learn that VB in this case Vampire Blood is a revered tipple in vampire society Another brilliant offering from Matt Haig this one is intelligent clever and blackly funny

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