Publisher: Time Warner Brothers
Length: 224 pages
About: A Mistress Raises The Stakes
Style: 3rd person
Edward is throwing a dinner party with his mistress, aware that she has long been denied those small intimacies his wife takes for granted - sorting his socks, for example. Things seem to be going
well, but then some uninvited guests arrive: Edward might not make it home on time.
He hadn’t so much agreed as been goaded into the arrangement. Binny had intimated in her forthright way that she was sick to death of being introduced only to those boozy male acquaintances of his
who thought he was a hell of a dog for getting his leg over. She wanted to meet his real friends, preferably a married couple.
The preposterous is shown becoming plausible and acceptable. This is Beryl Bainbridge’s greatest originality….Injury Time is as superbly told as The Dressmaker…her characters are now more absorbed
with what they want to do with their lives rather than with how to dispose of unexpected deaths.
Myrna Blumberg, The Times 13th October 1977
Not so good
This is a fine, funny, icily depressing revel--but, oh, what a book Beryl Bainbridge could write if she ever found some people she really liked.
Kirkus Reviews 1st March 1978
About the author
21 November 1932 – 2 July 2010. Beryl Bainbridge was born in Liverpool and raised in nearby Formby.
In (1954), Beryl married artist Austin Davies. The two divorced soon after, leaving Bainbridge a single mother of two children. She later had a third child by Alan Sharp, the actress Rudi Davies.
In 1958, she attempted suicide by putting her head in a gas oven. Bainbridge spent her early years working as an actress, and she appeared in one 1961 episode of the soap opera Coronation Street
playing an anti-nuclear protester.
From the 1970s she started writing many novels see below. From the 1990s, Bainbridge also served as a theatre critic for the monthly magazine The Oldie. Her reviews rarely contained negative content,
and were usually published after the play had closed.
In 2000, she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE). In June 2001, Bainbridge was awarded an honorary degree by the Open University as Doctor of the
University. In 2003, she was awarded the David Cohen Prize for Literature together with Thom Gunn. In 2005, the British Library acquired many of Bainbridge's private letters and
diaries.In 2011, she was posthumously awarded a special honour by the Booker Prize committee.