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The Queen of Bloody Everything

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  1,107 ratings  ·  121 reviews
Have you ever wished for a different mother? Dido has...

Dido Sylvia Jones is six years and twenty-seven days old when she moves from London squat to suburban Essex and promptly falls in love with Tom Trevelyan, the boy next door. It's not just Tom that Dido falls for, though: it's also his precocious sister, Harry, and their fastidious, controlling mother, Angela. Because
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published February 8th 2018 by Mantle
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Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub-reads
An entertaining coming of age story with some terrific one liners that had me laughing out loud. A mother daughter relationship story that was easy reading, funny and at times a little sad, but perhaps just a little too contrived in places as well.

" As Eddie Jones lies in a bed on the 14th floor of a Cambridge hospital, her daughter, Dido tells their story, starting with the day that changed everything."

I really enjoyed the nostalgic references to the 70s 80s 90s in this story as it brought bac
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
British author Joanna Nadin has an impressive back catalogue of work, with plenty of books she has written for children and teenagers. The Queen of Bloody Everything (great title!) is her first work of adult contemporary fiction. It takes a good look at an unconventional relationship between a mother and a daughter.

The Queen of Bloody Everything begins at a turning point in the narrator of the tale, Dido’s life. When Dido was six years old, Dido and her moth
Sonja Arlow
2.5 stars

The book was just too long for the story it wanted to tell.

I need give credit to the audio narrator as she did an excellent job and the first 1/3 set the scene for a great story, but the characters never evolved. The same issues that plagued Dido as a child and teenager followed her in adulthood and that lent a level of frustration to the tale.

The story is told from Dido’s perspective and follows her turbulent upbringing with a bohemian mother in a ramshackle house during the 70’s and
lucky little cat
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anglophile romantics
Recommended to lucky little cat by: from Robyn Hamilton's "Read" list
Irresistible bildungsroman follows outspoken heroine Dido (and her wine-swilling bohemian mother Edie) from a 1970s squat up through

Harry's ice-queen mom Angela, only without her bottle of Jif cleaner

the aughts in London.

Expert chicklet-lit novelist Joanna Nadin cheerfully cadges names and plot elements from her own favorite YA novels to create an adult page-turner for bookish women young and old (but mostly young).

My only complaints are all spoilers, and knock this from a 4-star read to a 3-sta
I loved everything about this book. The writing, the characters, the details through the decades and the story of a girl, Dido, who just wants to fit in.

This was a wonderful book that instantly transported me to Saffron Walden in that scorching hot summer of 1976. I loved meeting Dido, her mother Edie and the Trevelyans, the next door neighbours with their beautiful home and perfect family. Joanna Nadin's writing made it so easy to feel apart of Dido's story through the whole book, making me fee
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Coming-of-rage novel.

This is Joanna Nadin’s first foray into adult fiction in which she writes of a daughter’s love and loathing for her mother in the second person. A difficult feat to pull off over the long haul and one that, for my money, doesn’t entirely succeed.

Louche Edie and her six-year old daughter Dido leave their squalid London squat when they inherit a house in Saffron Walden. Next door, live neat-as-a-pin Angela, her husband David and their two children, beautiful Harry (Harriet) an
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a bloody brilliant book!. It made me laugh out loud throughout yet it was also extremely thought provoking and touching and I’m not ashamed to admit that the last line made me shed a tear or two. I loved the main character Dido. I loved how the story followed her from a six year old girl into a middle aged woman. The characters in the book are all strong and full of personality and I just adored the journey in which they all went on throughout the story and by the end I felt as if I knew th ...more
Paula Sealey
An utterly riveting read that I just could not tear myself away from! Delicious writing, superb characters and a story fraught with drama, it's honestly one of my favourite reads of the last few months.

An adult Dido is recounting her childhood and troubled relationship with her mother, Edie. After flitting from squats and communes, they finally move into a home of their own after Edie receives an inheritance from her Aunt. Dido dreams of a normal life in a conventional family set up, but Edie is
Lydia Bailey
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I wasn’t sure about this read at the beginning I have absolutely loved this book & feel really sorry to have finished it & to have left all the characters behind. The journey of life for Dido aged six to thirty six resonated strongly with me on many levels. I particularly loved that I was born only a year before her so I experienced all the big events she mentions (the Queen’s Jubilee, Live Aid, Tony Blair & 9/11,) at the same ages & in similar ways. I also loved all the ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A tale of a mother-daughter relationship, this novel piqued my attention for the unique title, unusual cover and then, within the pages, the endearing narrative. Watching the lives unfold within the pages, I was hooked and voyeuristically reading how Di and Edie moved through time.

This is a poignant novel from the beginning as we understand that Di is addressing her mother. We understand at the start that something has happened to Edie, but it is not until the story has moved to the present at t
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nostalgic, heart-warming and heart-breaking family drama told in such a way that you'll feel as if you become part of the characters lives.

Focusing on mother and daughter relationships, this novel will strike a chord with many people, whether it's the odd sentence or whole passages. At times it's utterly hilarious, at others I was welling up with tears as the story is so beautifully written, and full of so much emotion.

I'm already a huge fan of Joanna Nadin's books for younger readers, but I'm s
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
This book centres around Dido and her eccentric mom Edie. The story that spans about 40 years, is essentially about Dido's dream of having a fairy tale life.

I really enjoyed Nadin's writing which made me feel like a spectator watching the lives of Edie, Dido and the Trevelyans - the perfect family next door Dido desperately wants to be a part of. The transition between the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s also felt effortless and the time weaved itself beautifully in the story.

Nadin also fleshed out all t
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is getting rave reviews so I know I’m in the minority with this review and scoring.

It totally got me at the start and I thought I’d not be able to put it down but my interest wained and it just didn’t hold my attention- I found myself drifting. I felt for Dido she got the shitty end of every situation and I wanted her to have it out with her mum but that never happened
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a completely captivating novel. It delves into the relationship between a girl and her dysfunctional mother. Dido longs to be normal and "adopts" the family next door, who she perceives to be the epitome of everything she lacks in her life.

Through Dido's eyes we learn that "perfect" isn't always perfect, and that sometimes everything you need is a lot closer to home.

I really enjoyed this novel, it was something different and refreshing, and it doesn't try too hard. I would highly recomme
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-best-reads
This is a wonderful coming of age story with a turbulent mother-daughter dynamic at the heart. Dido is a wonderful character, desperate to fit in and live what she perceives as a 'normal' life. Edie is her chaotic, free spirited mother, who refuses to be tied down by convention and loves being the centre of attention. When the pair move to the suburbs of Saffron Waldon Dido falls in love with the strait-laced Angela, her husband David and their children Harry and Tom and their far more conventio ...more
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An evocative, poignant and funny novel that explores a fraught mother/daughter relationship across several decades, The Queen of Bloody Everything is a delight.

As the daughter of an artist mother (though mine, thank goodness, is not the lush that Edie is and is still trucking, if slowly, at 85) who grew up in the 70s, this this struck a chord from the off. Given my brothers work in tv news, I am a writer like Dido (this novel’s protagonist) and have lived with an alcoholic - hell, I’ve even my
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me from the first page. I loved it. I finished it late last night and have been thinking about it all morning. It is beautifully written. Dido's voice is clear and strong from a child to an adult, and she had me laughing and crying. I thoroughly recommend it. This book will stay with me. Thank you Joanna Nadin.
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Utterly fantastic

Just gorgeous. I was absorbed by the world of Dido, Edie et al from the first page. Would love to see a film version.
Wendy Jakob
I loved this book. It's written from Dido's perspective as she talks to her Mother (Edie) who is in hospital. They are in their 40s and 60s respectively but the story charts their relationship from when Dido was a child. It's a difficult relationship - an alcoholic single parent, a child desperate to fit in and feel "normal".

Dido starts the story with the day that changed her life when, aged 6, Dido and Edie moved into an inherited house in Saffron Walden and meet the Trevelyan family. Moving t
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't get on with the first quarter of this book even though I enjoyed the characters and storyline - the cultural references felt a bit laboured - and I thought of putting it aside and starting something else. I decided to persevere another few pages and then started enjoying it more and more until I got to the point I couldn't put it down and cried at the end! Always fun to read of the places you know. I live in a small village outside Saffron Walden and it is always strange to see the places ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really nice story with really likeable characters and an easy read, what more do you want?! X
Mike Finn
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Queen Of Bloody Everything" is an astonishingly good novel that tells the story of Dido Jones and her relationship with Edie, her unconventional mother.

Daughter of a flamboyant, convention-challenging. larger-than-life mother and absent any knowledge of her father, Dido has no greater desire from the age of six to thirteen than to be normal and in a "real" family. She satisfies this desire initially by adopting the family next door, weaving herself into their lives so thoroughly that her pr
Ronnie Turner
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dido sits with her mother, Edie, in hospital and begins to tell a story. Her story. Spanning the bright, big-haired, nylon-clothed excitement of the 80s to the clinical walls of the hospital in present day, Dido carries the reader through her life, her voice both bewitching in its happiness and heartrending in its sadness, and it begins with her six-year-old self moving from a squat in London to a quiet estate in Walden. She and Edie have left behind the dirt and drugs and bad memories for a fre ...more
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved every minute of it. On audible. Amazing!
Mrs DH Parry
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved everything about this book. The charismatic and compelling characters, the plot with all its ups and downs, the humour, the nostalgia and cultural references. It brought back so many memories; the long hot summer of 1976, strawberry mivis, Live Aid, dungarees and spandex boob tubes, all that heady optimism around New Labour in 1997.
Some great references such as Harry being "sexually enlightened by Cosmopolitan" - a line from "Perfect Skin" by Lloyd Cole and the Commotions and also referre
The Bibliotherapist
This is not a bad book, so I do feel bad about the 2 star rating, but it's just all I can offer it, giving up on it quite early on.
That is not really the book/author's fault either and simply a taste preference. I can't get through an adult book written from a child's perspective. However, I did love (initially) how it was written in "you" format, as it's the story of a daughter, telling her mother her perspective of her/their life.
I was absolutely in love with and inspired by the first few pa
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first half of this book kept my interest since the character of Dido was so endearing. She was clever, and especially bookish, and I wanted her life to turn out well. The structure of the book...a letter or conversation of her talking directly to her mother...was interesting. The central theme of the book was her coming to terms with her relationship with her alcoholic, totally dysfunctional mother and I grew weary of it. I wanted to scream at Dido to break free and move on. I also noted tha ...more
Jill Schroeder
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
I'm not really a Romance girl. Tom Dick and Harry. Just dragging in references to other books doesn't make it a work of literature
Gem ~ Bee
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This tender storm of a book combines the conflicts that families undergo with a raw, engaging and lyrical story told from the perspective of Dido as she addresses her mother, Edie, in recollections from childhood to present day.

I am often left feeling that my family must be a bit odd after reading some books, where everyone muddles along, easygoing and drama-free, hmm, not in this book; YES for a portrayal of families that are complicated, fucked-up, imperfect, fervid, beautiful disasters. Becau
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Joanna Nadin is an English author of juvenile fiction best known for the Rachel Riley series of teenage novels Based on Nadin's own childhood, the series follows the comedic narration of a 13-year-old girl.

Nadin has also written several books of juvenile fiction. These include two books for the Oxford University Press "Project X" series designed to encourage boys to read.

Nadin previously worked as
“the only person stopping Edie paint is Edie. Self-sabotage, darling. She’s too bloody scared to find out she’s shit.” 0 likes
“Believed that art, like literature, was channelled from a higher plane, from the gods, into the chosen ones, the golden children, the touched. Now I understand that it is as much craft as art; that the only gods ruling whether we succeed or fail are our own inner demons. There is no mysticism, no witchcraft. Just hard graft and the ability to ignore the devil who whispers in our ear, you’re not good enough.” 0 likes
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