Surprises abound in Beryl Bainbridge’s unsettling comic novel, praised by fellow author Graham Greene as both ‘outrageously funny and horrifying’.

Freda and Brenda spend their days together working in an Italian-run wine-bottling factory, and their nights sharing a double bed - separated by a prudent row of books - in their pokey London bed-sit. A work outing offers promise for Freda and terror for Brenda; passions run high on that chilly day of freedom, and life after the outing never returns to normal.

Shortlisted
The Booker Prize 1974
Published by
Duckworth
Publication date
Beryl Bainbridge

Beryl Bainbridge

About the Author

Beryl Bainbridge was born in Liverpool, England. In 2008, The Times included Bainbridge in their list of the 10 greatest British writers since 1945.
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Other nominated books by Beryl Bainbridge

According to Queeney
Master Georgie
Every Man for Himself
An Awfully Big Adventure
The Dressmaker