Meet the Radleys. Peter, Helen and their teenage children, Clara and Rowan, live in a typical suburban English town. They are an everyday family, averagely dysfunctional, averagely content. But, as their children have yet to find out, the Radleys have a devastating secret. In this moving, thrilling and extraordinary portrait of one unusual family, The Radleys asks what we grow into when we grow up, and explores what we gain - and lose - when we deny our appetites.
Matt Haig was born in 1975. His debut novel, The Last Family in England, was a UK bestseller. The Dead Fathers Club, an update of Hamlet featuring an eleven-year-old boy, and The Possession of Mr Cave, a horror story about an overprotective father, are being made into films and have been translated into numerous languages. He is also the author of the award winning children's novel Shadow Forest, and its sequel, The Runaway Troll. Matt has lived in London and Spain, and now lives in York with the writer Andrea Semple and their two children.
* Dripping in blood, this is a story of family secrets so terrible that they shouldn't be uncovered. Guardian * Red-blooded fiction at its most seductive. Sunday Telegraph * Delightfully eccentric ... a strangely moving portrait of a marriage. The Financial Times * A sharp, bloody tale of abstinence and indulgence (and trying not to eat the neighbours). -- Steven Hall, Author Of The Raw Shark Texts * Reality bites in a funny family affair... pointed, clever and witty. -- Kim Newman Independent * Haig's very original spin on the [vampire] myth is insightful, frightening and uplifting. The Guardian * Smart, snappy, quirky ... as much a satire on self-denying suburban life as a straightforward bloodthirsty tale. Scotsman * Ratchets up the pace and the tension until the taut conclusion. Bloody good fun. SFX Magazine * Switches deftly between a classic Carrie-style narrative of teen difference, in which the kids are teased for their outsiderness, and a parental tale of mid-life crisis. Herald * Great fun, with much enjoyment derived from the placing of these ancient bloodsuckers in dull English suburbia. Vogue * Haig writes in addictive, bitesize chapters that pump the action along... All vampire fiction has a strong sexual element, but in this book, the passion's not just for the pale-faced teens. Daily Mail * Haig has managed to coax something delightfully new and, unusually, rather English from a saturated genre... [He] combines strong dialogue with a healthy sense of self-parody in a novel that should appeal to all vampire fans, whatever their age. Metro * A witty introduction to present-day vampire lore... Highly recommended. Observer * vampire fans will find lots to enjoy, but it's the blackly comic dissection of the family that makes this book stand out. The Guardian * Witty as well as deep. Books for Keeps * The 'some adult content' coverline gives due warning that teen readers might be bored by adults holding dinner parties and contemplating affaris, but the story should carry them through such longueurs. Books for Keeps