The Waiting Game

by Bernice Rubens

Little, Brown And Company | October 1, 1998 | Trade Paperback

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At 'The Hollyhocks' old people's home, the inhabitants are 'waiting for the scythe'. But while they are waiting...Lady Celia is running a blackmailing business on the side, Mr Cross keeps a tally of fellow residents' deaths on the back of his wardrobe, and then there is the rabid old Scots nationalist, and Mrs Green, a woman with a mysterious past. Hardly surprising in this environment that Mrs Bellamy decides she can't take any more and slits her throat. When Matron hushes it up because it would be bad for business, Lady Celia sees an opportunity to expand her blackmailing operation. Meanwhile two new incomers disturb the life of the home further; Mrs Feinberg, a sprightly Jewish woman of whom the other residents are immediately suspicious, and the elegant Mr Rufus. Hidden pasts, unusual sexual preferences and wickedly dark humour are mixed to delicious effect in Bernice Rubens' wonderful new novel.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 249 pages, 7.9 × 5 × 0.75 in

Published: October 1, 1998

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0349109028

ISBN - 13: 9780349109022

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The Waiting Game

The Waiting Game

by Bernice Rubens

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 249 pages, 7.9 × 5 × 0.75 in

Published: October 1, 1998

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0349109028

ISBN - 13: 9780349109022

From the Publisher

At 'The Hollyhocks' old people's home, the inhabitants are 'waiting for the scythe'. But while they are waiting...Lady Celia is running a blackmailing business on the side, Mr Cross keeps a tally of fellow residents' deaths on the back of his wardrobe, and then there is the rabid old Scots nationalist, and Mrs Green, a woman with a mysterious past. Hardly surprising in this environment that Mrs Bellamy decides she can't take any more and slits her throat. When Matron hushes it up because it would be bad for business, Lady Celia sees an opportunity to expand her blackmailing operation. Meanwhile two new incomers disturb the life of the home further; Mrs Feinberg, a sprightly Jewish woman of whom the other residents are immediately suspicious, and the elegant Mr Rufus. Hidden pasts, unusual sexual preferences and wickedly dark humour are mixed to delicious effect in Bernice Rubens' wonderful new novel.

About the Author

Bernice Rubens was born in Wales & later read English at the University of Wales. In 1970 she won the Booker Prize for THE ELECTED MEMBER. A FIVE YEAR SENTENCE was also nominated for the award. 2 books have been filmed, I SENT A LETTER TO MY LOVE and MADAME SOUSATZKA, & MR WAKEFIELD'S CRUSADE was made into a TV series.

From Our Editors

At the Hollyhocks Old People’s Home, the inhabitants are waiting for ‘the scythe.’ Still, that doesn’t keep them from engaging in other activities. Lady Celia runs a lucrative blackmailing business. Mr. Cross keeps a tally of dead residents on the back of his wardrobe. In the meantime, Mrs. Green seems to be hiding a mysterious past. Then one day, two newcomers arrive to disrupt the routine. Terrible secrets, unusual sexual preferences and dark humour combine for a deliciously wicked effect in The Waiting Game. Bernice Rubens’ tragicomedy will make you gasp and laugh and cry -- all on the same page.

Editorial Reviews

At once taboo-breakingly funny and sentiently profound ... astonishing-INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY