A Quiet Life (Signed copy)
Signed by Beryl Bainbridge
First US edition, first printing hardback in dustwrapper. 21.5 × 14.5cm, 210pp.
Signed directly to the title page by Beryl Bainbridge.
Seventeen-year-old Alan can't stand rows. But, though the Second World War has ended, peace hangs by a fine thread at home: his troublesome sister Madge creeps off for night-time liaisons with a German POW; their ineffectual father—broken by the hardships of war and an unhappy marriage—can't put food on the table despite the family's middle-class manners. Meanwhile, his mother pursues her escapist fantasies in romantic novels and love affairs. Obedient, faithful Alan is trapped among them all, the focus of their jibes and resentment, as inexorably the family heads towards disaster.
The book itself is in good, solid shape with clean pages and secure binding. The dustwrapper is faded to the spine and chipped a little to the edges. It has been price-clipped but is now within a protective sleeve.