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    It's never too late to bloom.

    People aren't sure what to make of Susan Green - family and colleagues find her prickly and hard to understand, but Susan makes perfect sense to herself, and that's all she needs. At 45, she thinks her life is perfect, as long as she avoids her feckless brother, Edward - a safe distance away in Birmingham. She has a London flat which is ideal for one, a job that suits her passion for logic, and a personal arrangement providing cultural and other more intimate benefits.

    Yet suddenly faced with the loss of her mother and, implausibly, with the possibility of becoming a mother herself, Susan's greatest fear is being realised: she is losing control. When she discovers that her mother's will inexplicably favours her brother, Susan sets out to prove that Edward and his equally feckless friend Rob somehow coerced this dubious outcome. But when problems closer to home become increasingly hard to ignore, she finds help in the most unlikely of places.

    This sparkling debut is a breath of fresh air with real heart and a powerful emotional punch. In Susan we find a character as exasperating and delightful as The Rosie Project's Don Tillman. An uncompromising feminist and a fierce fighter, it's a joy to watch her bloom.

    ©2018 Sarah Haywood (P)2018 John Murray Press

    Kritikerstimmen

    "If, like me, you never stopped to think what a child born of The Rosie Project's Don Tillman and Bridget Jones might be like, there's one way to find out. Read Sarah Haywood's The Cactus. Meet Susan Green. She doesn't understand how funny she is, which is delicious." (Julia Claiborne Johnson, author of Be Frank with Me)
    "An original, engaging and totally believable character." (Graeme Simsion)
    " The Cactus will be compared to Gail Honeyman's 2017 hit, the appealingly eccentric Eleanor Oliphant Is Absolutely Fine... moments of terrible poignancy." ( The Sunday Times)

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    Das Hörbuch hat mir gut gefallen. Es war ein besonderes, auch wenn ich schon andere Hörbücher gehört habe, die in Teilen mich daran erinnern. Ich mag die Hauptperson und fand die anschaulichen Beschreibungen der Gedanken und Umstände sowie Entwicklungen gut. Es war kein lustiges Buch, eher ein wenig traurig - zumindest in den ersten zwei Dritteln. insgesamt dann aber ein erfreuliches, bereichernde Hörerlebnis!

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    Obwohl die Protagonistin anfangs eher unsympathisch ist - und das finde ich normalerweise schwierig - war es ein sehr schönes Buch, das sich im Verlauf als sehr gute Darstellung der Hintergründe von Lebensgeschichten ist....

    I did not like the protagonist in the beginning but liked the book and its story during the reading always more... good story and very interesting plot.

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    complex character and interesting plot

    I really enjoyed listening to this audio book. It is well read. The plot is neither boring nor overly dramatic. It is narrated from the perspective of a very rational, organised and often socially awkward woman. She means well but sometimes just doesn't get it right. Especially when talking to strangers she can be very blunt and unfiltered. However, her current situation leads her to some more emotional decisions - which she tries to explain rationally. The story is occasionally sad and sometimes rather funny and the narration from the more objective perspective makes it overall interesting.