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Injury Time [Paperback]

Beryl Bainbridge
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2 Oct 2003
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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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (2 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349116113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349116112
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found myself laughing till the tears ran down my cheeks ... it is all horribly true to life ... a most excellent book and no one should miss it (Auberon Waugh)

Painfully comical and well observed ... the constant frissons of anxiety and embarassment make it all the funnier (SUNDAY TIMES)

Beryl Bainbridge is a genuine original, with a macabre imagination and a wonderful gift for catching tones of speech (NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS)

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* A gripping thriller based on a real life event (the Balcombe Street siege)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Alma throws up all over the floor 16 Sep 2009
By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is a very funny and clever little piece of work, concerning Edward (married accountant) who is having a secret affair with Binny (mother and divorcee). Binny holds a dinner party for Edward, his friends Simpson and wife Muriel, who is reckoned to be broadminded enough not to mind that Edward is a supposedly respectable married man. Muriel does turn out to be sympathetic, but then Binny's drunken friend Alma turns up and throws up all over the floor. Shortly afterwards a criminal gang being chased by the police break in and take everyone hostage.

The phrase "Injury time" derives from Binny's extended metaphor of a football game being just like life - they have so little time in which to accomplish their goals. Binny's goal is to get Edward to leave his wife for her, but she is sometimes disgusted with both herself and Edward at the clichéd behaviour they each seem forced to employ.

The writing is brilliantly sharp and witty and I kept thinking what a marvellous film this would make. This is one of those books that makes you laugh out loud - a brilliant exposé of the manners and mores of the middle classes in extremis.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cringe literature par excellence 20 Mar 2009
Long before cringe comedies began to litter our screens Beryl Bainbridge was writing cringe novels in which foolish individuals dig themselves into awful situations because of their grandiose selfishness or infidelity. Nobody depicts the sheer crassness of human social behaviour and its absurd communication failures in such a hilarious yet terrible way. Injury time is typical of her work. Edward Freeman decides to hold a party at the house of his mistress to placate her niggling jealousy of his wife. He invites a few of his more trusted friends but he has to be away by ten o'clock to avoid suspicion. However, when some uninvited guests arrive it is plain that he is going nowhere. The resultant situation is both excruciatingly funny and excruciatingly horrible. If you enjoy this you will love `Babes in the Wood' and `The Bottle Factory Outing'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars you'll laugh, you'll cry.... 7 Feb 2011
By poppins
I bought this after BB's death when I read that AN Wilson (or someone) rated it as her best book.
I always thought BB looked a bit sad & worn so it was a relief to find the book so funny (as well as poignant). Although a snapshot of its time, it hasn't dated. It's also refreshingly unsentimental. It's just a really great book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By sally tarbox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Edward, a married middle aged accountant, decides to compensate his mistress Binny for spending so little time with her.
'He denied her the simple pleasures a wife took for granted- that business of cooking his meals, remembering his sister's birthday, putting intricate little bundles of socks in his drawer.'
So he selects a broadminded couple of friends to attend a dinner party at Binny's. After she has offloaded her awful children, made an attempt at cooking dinner in her rather grotty kitchen and they have got through the initial awkwardness, things seem to be going OK. But events are about to take an unexpected turn...
Quite a funny novel with many clever little observations on life and people.
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