I first heard of this book when David Baddiel recommended it on Radio 4. It isn't the kind of book I would instantly associate with him, but having read it I can see its appeal, and why it reappears periodically as a cult classic.
It is the perfect book for someone who is busy. It is easy to dip into. Five pages is quite a long chapter, some are as short as a paragraph. However as you read more of the book the story and inner life of Mrs Bridge slowly unfolds. It starts pretty much with her birth, but that and the start of her marriage are dealt with in the first chapter (not quite two pages). From then on the story unfolds in her thoughts and experience of the minutiae of everyday life: Her Children, The Low Pressure Salesman, voting, a second lesson in Spanish. Mrs Bridge starts things, tries to improve herself, but then inertia over takes her. It is heart warming, funny, acutely observed and very recognisable even today, for example: the chapter "Psst! where Mrs Bridge asks her husband when they are in Paris how can everyone tell they are American. And so the story goes on past her children leaving home, to the final beautifully poignant chapter.
It is beautifully written, and highly evocative; and the image created in the last chapter is one that will remain with me.
I would highly recommend you read and reread Mrs Bridge.