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Ending Up
  • Published: 29 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9780141961798
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 128

Ending Up




Amis's portrayal of a not-so golden old age, part of a new series of reissues of his work in Penguin Modern Classics

At Tuppenny-hapenny Cottage in the English countryside, five elderly people live together in rancorous disharmony. Adela Bastable bosses the house, as her brother Bernard passes his days thinking up malicious schemes against the baby-talking Marigold and secret drinker Shorty, while kindly George lies bedridden upstairs. The mismatched quintet keep their spirits alive by bickering and waiting for grandchildren to visit at Christmas. But the festive season does not herald goodwill to all at Tuppenny-hapenny Cottage. Disaster and chaos, it seems, are just around the corner ...

Told with Amis's piercing wit and humanity, Ending Up (1974) is a wickedly funny black comedy of the indignities of old age.

With a new introduction by Helen Dunmore.

  • Published: 29 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9780141961798
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 128

About the author

Kingsley Amis

Kingsley Amis has been described as 'the finest English comic novelist of the second half of the twentieth century'. Born in 1922, he wrote over twenty novels, including Lucky Jim (1954), winner of the Somerset Maugham Award for fiction, The Old Devils (1986), which won the Booker Prize, and The Biographer's Moustache (1995). He also published several collections of short stories, poetry and non-fiction. Amis was awarded a CBE in 1981 and received a knighthood in 1990. He died in 1995.

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