A Weekend with Claud - Beryl BainbridgeLondon: New Authors Limited, 1967, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a little loss to the spine ends and a triangular closed tear to the bottom corner of the upper panel. Top edge of the text block tanned. Leans slightly.
From the cover: “Three friends — unstable Maggie, Shebah, the elderly Jewess, and Victorian Norman, the factory worker from Liverpool — spend a weekend together at the house of a fourth friend, Claud. This remarkable and vividly written first novel comprises the recollections of the four characters. Beryl Bain-bridge has written not so much a novel of plot as one of character; of people revealing themselves to themselves or to others. Through their reactions we know them and their sufferings. Maggie’s life with Billie, and her attempted suicide; Claud’s torment for his wife who has left him; Norman with his ambivalent feelings towards the others; and Shebah with her desire to be loved and, perhaps, martyred. However, Beryl Bainbridge’s first novel is not one of gloom but of an unmistakable individuality. There is humour, brilliant dialogue, a wry sense of character and that indefinable ‘something’ which is the hallmark of the natural writer. With A Weekend With Claud, Beryl Bainbridge, a former actress from Liverpool, makes an impressive appearance on the literary scene.”