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The Cactus

(2018)
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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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"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." - Julia Claiborne Johnson

"Equal parts intelligent, funny and devastating, Haywood breathes life into an unlikely heroine in a bold, emotionally-charged debut." - Phaedra Patrick

"Original, engaging and totally believable." - Graeme Simsion


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May 2018 : Canada Hardback
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Title: The Cactus
Author(s): Sarah Haywood
ISBN: 0-7783-1899-0 / 978-0-7783-1899-6 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Park Row
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January 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Cactus: a Richard & Judy Autumn Book Club read 2018
Author(s): Sarah Haywood
ISBN: 1-4736-6061-0 / 978-1-4736-6061-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Two Roads
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May 2019 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Cactus
Author(s): Sarah Haywood
ISBN: 0-7783-6907-2 / 978-0-7783-6907-3 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Park Row
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October 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Cactus: a Richard & Judy Autumn Book Club read 2018
Author(s): Sarah Haywood
ISBN: 1-4736-6063-7 / 978-1-4736-6063-2 (UK edition)
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January 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Cactus: a Richard & Judy Autumn Book Club read 2018
Author(s): Sarah Haywood
ISBN: 1-4736-6062-9 / 978-1-4736-6062-5 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

May 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Cactus
Author(s): Sarah Haywood
ISBN: 1-5385-1604-7 / 978-1-5385-1604-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harlequin Audio and Blackstone Audio
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May 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Cactus: Library Edition
Author(s): Sarah Haywood
ISBN: 1-5385-1602-0 / 978-1-5385-1602-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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May 2018 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Cactus
Author(s): Sarah Haywood
ISBN: 1-5385-1603-9 / 978-1-5385-1603-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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May 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Cactus
Author(s): Sarah Haywood
Publisher: Harlequin Audio
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May 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Cactus
Author(s): Sarah Haywood
Publisher: Harlequin Audio
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January 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Cactus
Author(s): Sarah Haywood
Publisher: Two Roads
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January 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Cactus
Author(s): Sarah Haywood
Publisher: Two Roads
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January 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Cactus
Author(s): Sarah Haywood
Publisher: Two Roads
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Kindle Editions

May 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Cactus
Author(s): Sarah Haywood
Publisher: Park Row
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January 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Cactus: a Richard & Judy Autumn Book Club read 2018
Author(s): Sarah Haywood
Publisher: Two Roads
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU