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Sunday Best

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  48 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
George Verrey Smith, suburban schoolmaster, is bored: with his wife, his life, his job. Plagued by poison pen letters, suffused with lust for Mrs Johnson next door, the only bright spot in George's life is Sunday. On Sunday George looks his best. On Sunday George dresses up. On Sunday George becomes Emily.
ebook, 192 pages
Published September 28th 2011 by Bloomsbury Reader (first published June 27th 1974)
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Nov 13, 2013 Mary Lou rated it really liked it
George, a teacher trapped in a boring job and in a loveless marriage, has one solace in life. He dresses up in his wife's clothes and becomes Emily - but only in the privacy of his locked study. Things spiral out of control when he decides to experiments outdoors - to see if he can pass off as his other persona - as a series of tragic events unfold.

Bernice Rubens is master of dark comedy, but this is very dark, and tinged with sadness. Difficult to adjust to initially, but engrossing as it conti
Another Bernice Rubens book and another square peg in a round hole. Another tale of love and loneliness and an ordinary, decent - albeit quirky - character tries to make their way in the world, swimming a little against the tide. While the language is full of pin-sharp observations of human decision making and frailties, I found this to be an untidy and ultimately unsatisfying experience.
Catherine Pollock
Picked this up on holiday - SUCH a blast from the past. Can't compare with Muriel Spark transcends her time in a way that Bernice Rubens cannot.
Apr 11, 2011 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very skillful story telling.
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Bernice Rubens was born in Cardiff, Wales in July 1928. She began writing at the age of 35, when her children started nursery school. Her second novel, Madame Sousatzka (1962), was filmed by John Schlesinger filmed with Shirley MacLaine in the leading role in 1988. Her fourth novel, The Elected Member, won the 1970 Booker prize. She was shortlisted for the same prize again in 1978 for A Five Year ...more
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