The Bus on Thursday

The Bus on Thursday Review

Bridget Jones meets The Exorcist in this wickedly funny, dark novel about one woman’s post-cancer retreat to a remote Australian town and the horrors awaiting her
It wasn’t just the bad breakup that turned Eleanor Mellett’s life upside down. It was the cancer. And all the demons that came with it.

One day she felt a bit of a bump when she was scratching her armpit at work. The next thing she knew, her breast was being dissected and removed by an inappropriately attractive doctor, and she was suddenly deluged with cupcakes, judgy support groups, and her mum knitting sweaters.

Luckily, Eleanor discovers Talbingo, a remote little town looking for a primary-school teacher. Their Miss Barker up and vanished in the night, despite being the most caring teacher ever, according to everyone. Unfortunately, Talbingo is a bit creepy. It’s not just the communion-wine-guzzling friar prone to mad rants about how cancer is caused by demons. Or the unstable, overly sensitive kids, always going on about Miss Barker and her amazing sticker system. It’s living alone in a remote cabin, with no cell or Internet service, wondering why there are so many locks on the front door and who is knocking on it late at night.

Title:The Bus on Thursday

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  • Paromjit

    If you are looking for a crazy and bonkers read, this piece of weird fiction by Aussie Shirley Barrett might just be for you. There are elements of romance and comic humour, infused with a large dollo...

  • Pauline

    I found it really difficult to get into this book. I did not find it humorous and the bad language put me off. I found the main character unlikeable. I would like to thank NetGalley and Little Brown B...

  • Simon

    Not everyone will love this but I have cackled, gasped and been really moved by this disturbing yet poignant horror with heart. So different from her debut but just as bloody good. ...

  • Dennis

    I have never read a humor-horror novel that has entertained me as much as The Bus on Thursday ! Eleanor Mellett lives near Sydney, Australia and is an elementary school teacher. Three months after he...

  • Marianne

    The Bus on Thursday is the second novel by prize-winning Australian screenwriter, director and author, Shirley Barrett. It starts with a lump in her armpit, and before Eleanor Mellett knows it, she’...

  • Emily

    I want to say this up front - the back of The Bus on Thursday describes this book as Bridget Jones meets The Exorcist. Just know going in that it's heavier on the Bridget Jones & lighter on The Exorci...

  • Mindi

    This book was provided by the publisher to the Night Worms reading group in exchange for an honest review.This book! Two of the Night Worms finished it before me, and said to let them know if anyone e...

  • Cody | codysbookshelf

    Thanks to FSG Originals for providing the Night Worms free copies of this book, in exchange for honest reviews. This is mine.The Bus on Thursday is a strange and quirky and invigorating read about a s...

  • Barb (Boxermommyreads)

    I will be honest and admit that this is a hard book for me to review. On one hand, I loved it. The main character, Eleanor, is snarky and sarcastic and since the book is told from first-person blog fo...

  • Rebecca

    Bonkers and crude in some of the same ways as Melissa Broder’s The Pisces. Eleanor has completed her treatment for breast cancer and, eager to rebuild her physical and mental health, takes on a last...