Originally published in 1985, this collection of short stories now contains three more short stories and a novella, "Filthy Lucre". Beryl Bainbridge is the author "An Awfully Big Adventure", "Another Part of the Wood", "Harriet Said", "Birthday Boys" and "Bottle Factory Outing".
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Beryl Bainbridge wrote seventeen novels, two travel books and five plays for stage and television, she was shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, and won literary awards including the Whitbread Prize and the Author of the Year Award at the British Book Awards. She died in July 2010.From Publishers Weekly:
This first short story collection, by the award-winning British writer (Injury Time, The Bottle Factory Outing, contains 12 faultlessly crafted and indisputably original tales. In the title story, "Mum" is widowed Rosemary Mumford, whose visits with Mr. Armitage delight the regulars at a resort hotel. The two friends play complicated pranks wildly appreciated by all except elderly Miss Emmet, who "expected to be left out of things. And she was." The lady endures the wild antics until Mum and Mr. A. pick her as the patsy in a hair-raising joke for which they pay a high price ultimately. "People for Lunch" discloses the secret that compels a faithless husband and wife of another man to think over problems caused by adultery. Embracing savage irony, supernatural adventures, gothica, misunderstandings, every story in this collection is a gem.
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Book Description McGraw-Hill, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110070032610
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Book Description McGraw-Hill, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0070032610