Short-listed for the Bollinger-Everyman-Wodehouse Award
‘Intelligent, joyous and extremely funny…that the whole thing seems totally believable is a testament to the verve and conviction of Evans’s writing’ Daily Telegraph
Spencer’s ex-partner Mark has died, leaving him a hundred and thirty-seven snails and a list of London tourist sites to be visited by the end of the year, if he can prise himself off the sofa.
His friend Fran co-owns a house worth thirty thousand less than she paid for it, meaning she’s trapped with her pathologically sensible brother and his girlfriend Sylvie, a woman with delicate wrists and a repulsive cat.
Fran’s neighbour Iris has a dull job, a clinging father and two enormous teenage sons who have never met their father.
Spencer’s List is about friendship, jealousy, grief and snails; it’s about getting stuck, and then getting unstuck again.
‘Funny and touching at the same time….makes you laugh out loud. A triumph.’ The Spectator
‘A beautiful, darkly humorous novel – a wickedly sharp but incredibly moving tale of everyday lives’ The List
‘The joy of Spencer’s List is that it throws the spotlight on the kind of resolutely unglitzy characters who don’t frequently find themselves in the pages of contemporary urban comedies….a very funny, tender-hearted book.’ The Big Issue
‘Lissa Evans transforms the ordinary by arming the details which make up a life with humour and intelligence. She’s wonderfully funny.’ Punch
‘Bloody funny, bloody moving – bloody buy it!’ Meera Syal