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Edward is throwing a dinner party with Binny , his mistress. Aware that she has long been denied those small intimacies that his wife takes for granted - choosing a birthday present for his sister, for example, or sorting his socks - he wants to give her a chance to feel more involved in his life, to socialise with some of his friends (the discreet ones). Things are a little awkward to begin with - a late start and him having to be away by half past ten - but everything seems to be going well. But then some uninvited, and reather forceful guests arrive, and it doesn't look like Edward is going to make it home on time.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780349116112
ISBN-10: 0349116113
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 126mm x 14mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Abacus
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 2-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


UK Kirkus Review » Once again Bainbridge blends the everyday and the unexpected to striking effect, this time in a tale of a catastrophic dinner party interrupted by armed criminals, which won her the Whitbread Prize. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Beryl Bainbridge

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.

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