Search Loading suggestions...

Rainy Day Women

UK Publisher: Transworld

The year is 1971 – folk clubs, hippies, hot pants & extraordinary footwear. Jo Starkey and her American friend Frankie are fifteen, and they have a problem. Frankie’s American mother, in England against her will, is determined that at least they should move out of the scruffy village and get a house in civilized London. Jo’s family would follow them if only they could sell their great rambling home, the Red House, but unfortunately the house is putting up a fight. As an architectural oddity built by an eighteenth-century madman to irritate his wife it always did have a life of its own, but now its sinister goings-on are driving prospective buyers away. The capable Jo has always coped with her eccentric family but they seem to be getting worse. Even more disturbing, Jo and Frankie are convinced that there’s been a murder on the premises.

As the Red house crumbles around them, the girls are determined to get to the bottom of the mystery so the Starkey family can sell up and start an ordinary life. But along comes the devastatingly attractive Florian, folk singer and opportunist, to cause a chaos all of his own…

Rainy Day Women is a black comedy in which teenage hopes, fears and egomaniacal tunnel vision are played out against the background of a seriously dysfunctional family, some of its members deeply loveable – and some of them not.

“A mystery story, a ghost story, a rites of passage tale – Yardley’s novel excels” Daily Mail

“You’ll Love this” Red

“Funny, poignant and original” Company

Praise for Painting Ruby Tuesday:

Guardian, March 2003
‘Bright, engaging and very funny’

Time Out, March 2003
‘Highly original…An entertaining and compelling read filled with rounded, memorable characters and both darkly funny and moving’