The mundane and the macabre collide in Beryl Bainbridge’s darkly comic tale about the shockingly unexpected consequences of a young girl’s heartbreak.

Wartime Liverpool is a place of ration books and jobs in munitions factories. Seventeen-year-old Rita, living with her two aunts Nellie and Margo, is emotionally naïve and withdrawn. When she meets Ira, an American soldier, at a neighbour’s party, she falls in love almost as much with the idea of life as a GI bride as with the man himself. But Nellie and Margo are not nearly so blind…

Shortlisted
The Booker Prize 1973
Published by
Duckworth
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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 Bottle Factory Outing