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Bernice Rubens

 

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, 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 Sentence. Her last novel, The Sergeants’ Tale, was published in 2003. She was an honorary vice-president of International PEN and served as a Booker judge in 1986. Bernice Rubens died in 2004 aged 76.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

Set on Edge (1960)
Madame Sousatzka (1962)
Mate in Three (1966)
The Elected Member (1969)
Sunday Best (1971)
Go Tell the Lemming (1973)
I Sent a Letter To My Love (1975)
The Ponsonby Post (1977)
A Five-Year Sentence (1978)
Spring Sonata (1979)
Birds of Passage (1981)
Brothers (1983)
Mr Wakefield’s Crusade (1985)
Our Father (1987)
Kingdom Come (1990)
A Solitary Grief (1991)
Mother Russia (1992)
Autobiopsy (1993)
Hijack (1993)
Yesterday in the Back Lane (1995)
The Waiting Game (1997)
I, Dreyfus (1999)
Milwaukee (2001)
Nine Lives (2002)
The Sergeants’ Tale (2003)
When I Grow Up (2005)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WHEN I GROW UP


In a rare foray outside that natural home, Booker Prize-winner Bernice Rubens penned these memoirs `while I still have a memory’. Poignantly, the highly-acclaimed author, literary bon-vivante and celebrated film-maker died shortly after completing them. She wasn’t quite expecting that but nor, as she reveals in these pages, did she expect to become a writer. It wasn’t the sort of thing that happened to girls born in Glossop Terrace in Splott, the `unmentionable and indisputable armpit of Cardiff’.


In this delightful evocation of her own life, Rubens escorts us, with a flotilla of anecdotes, away from that armpit through her wartime childhood, her first `major folly’ (studying English at University) to stints as a teacher, lady’s maid and actress before stumbling upon a career that bemused her until the end of her days. `What shall I do,’ was her constant internal refrain, `when I grow up?’


http://www.amazon.co.uk/When-I-Grow-Up-Memoir/dp/034912017X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1301480476&sr=8-1


PUBLICATION DATE: 07.12.2006

UK PUBLISHER: LITTLE, BROWN

ISBN CODE: 978034912017


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THE ELECTED MEMBER


Norman is the clever one of a close-knit Jewish family in the East End of London. Infant prodigy; brilliant barrister; the apple of his parents’ eyes… until at forty-one he becomes a drug addict, confined to his bedroom, at the mercy of his hallucinations and paranoia.


For Norman, his committal to a mental hospital represents the ultimate act of betrayal. For Rbbi Zweck, Norman’s father, his son’s deterioration is a bitter reminder of his own guilt and failure. Only Bella, the unmarried sister, still in her childhood white ankle socks, can reach across the abyss of pain to bring father and son the elusive peace which they both desperately crave.


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Elected-Member-Bernice-Rubens/dp/0349130221/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1301480537&sr=1-1


PUBLICATION DATE: 01.01.1988

UK PUBLISHER: Little, Brown

ISBN CODE: 9780349130224

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THE SERGEANTS’ TALE


1947: One year before the Israeli War of Independence and Palestine is still under the British Mandate. However, young Israelis are flocking to the leadership of Menachim Begin and his Irgun terrorist movement in an attempt to overthrow their rulers. Two British sergeants are kidnapped by the Irgun. They will be executed unless there is a widespread amnesty for the Irgun freedom fighters – and so begins a hunt throughout Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the whole of Palestine to find and liberate the two innocent young men.


Based on a true story, THE SERGEANTS’ TALE illuminates an historical episode, and also has enormous contemporary poignancy.


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sergeants-Tale-Bernice-Rubens/dp/0349117306/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1301480635&sr=1-1


PUBLICATION DATE: 07.10.04

UK PUBLISHER: Little, Brown

ISBN CODE: 9780349117300

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THE WAITING GAME


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.


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Waiting-Game-Bernice-Rubens/dp/0349109028/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1301480891&sr=1-1


PUBLICATION DATE: 10.09.1998
UK PUBLISHER: Little, Brown
ISBN CODE: 9780349109022



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I SENT A LETTER TO MY LOVE


All her life, Amy Evans has struggled against that unkind gift of fate – ugliness. A squat nose stubbed like a plasticine afterthought on her face, a chin too long and eyes straining to meet each other, form a sad picture that dooms Amy to a life of solitude and lovelessness.


Now in her fifties, Amy lives alone with her crippled brother, both prisoners of the hopes and aspirations of their youth. Then Amy makes a final bid for happiness, a last ditch attempt to meet someone she can love … who might love her. Suddenly her life takes on dizzying new dimensions as she explores untrodden paths of sexual awareness in an all-or-nothing gamble for dangerous and delicious success.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sent-Letter-Library-Wales-Anthology/dp/1905762526/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1301481282&sr=1-1

PUBLICATION DATE: 1 Feb 2008
UK PUBLISHER: LIBRARY OF WALES
ISBN CODE: 978-1905762521


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BROTHERS


This immensely powerful novel follows four generations of the Bindel family as they fight for survivial in a hostile world. From imperial Russia in 1825 they head towards Western Europe, returning finally to modern Russia – where the persecution of the Jews continues. The Bindel family are knit by unbreakable bonds of love and loyalty, bonds which survive conscription into the Tsarist army in the 1830s, the Odessa pogrom of 1871, emigration to the Welsh valleys and to Germany, the Nazis, the concentration camps and the Gulags.


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brothers-Abacus-Books-Bernice-Rubens/dp/0349130132/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1301481659&sr=1-1


PUBLICATION DATE: 01/01/1988

UK PUBLISHER: Little, Brown

ISBN CODE: 9780349130132

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MADAME SOUSATZKA
‘A story of delectable charm and wit. Passionate, comical, touchingly unaware of oddity, Madame Sousatzka is Ms Rubens’ most engaging creation, inimitable and unforgettable …’ – The Times
‘Intense and charming, Miss Rubens makes her characters live with a degree of self-awareness that makes them peculiarly stimulating. She has a sharp ear, a penetrating eye and that kind of warm but impartial heart that is the mark of the really interesting novelist’ – The Standard

Madame Sousatzka specialises in child prodigies. In her hands the new boy will blossom into musical genius. But the public cannot hear him yet: until his debut he belongs to Sousatzka and her bizarre hot-house tenants. One day he will be a great pianist – until that day he must play only for Sousatzka …
Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 28th September 2011
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I, DREYFUS

 

Lord Jakobovits has been described by one commentator as Mrs Thatcher’s father confessor. A staunch defender of Victorian values and family life, he has propounded his views with a forthrightness and vigour which have often placed him at the centre of controversy and have given him national prominence. And yet, if extremely conservative on some issues, he can be surprisingly liberal on others, and he is the only Orthodox rabbi of any eminence to have openly expressed his misgivings about Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and to have called for territorial concessions in the West Bank and Gaza. He is in fact difficult to categorise, and this vividly written, authorised biography attempts to reconcile the apparent contradictions in his views. It also describes the man, his colourful, vivacious wife, the circumstances and convictions which have helped to shape him, and the communities who identities he has helped to guide. Though not uncritical, it adds up to a remarkable portrait of a remarkable man.

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 11th March 2013

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NINE LIVES

 

The killer’s modus operandi is the same in each instance: strangulation, always with a guitar string, pulled tight from behind until life is taken. And though the murders are happening up and down the country, there is one other similarity that Inspector Wilkins can’t help noticing. Each and every victim is a psychotherapist…Donald Dorricks is on a mission. Nine shrinks to go and his crusade is complete. Yet, even after giving himself up and confessing to the killings, he still protests his innocence. And just as Inspector Wilkins struggles to catch the killer, Dorricks’ wife Verine attempts to understand the reasoning behind the murders. Then as her husband’s tale emerges, it reveals a past peppered with secrets from which Donald had never been able to escape. Until now … A black comedy that mixes whodunit and whydunit, Nine Lives is the unsettling story of a very English murderer – a novel of suspense, strangulation and psychotherapy.

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 31st August 2012

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A FIVE YEAR SENTENCE

 

‘Miss Hawkins looked at her watch. It was two-thirty. If everything went according to schedule, she could safely reckon to be dead by six o’clock.’But by the day’s end, events have taken a dramatic turn and Miss Hawkins is sentenced to live. Forcibly retired, she is presented by her colleagues with a five-year diary.Programmed since childhood to total obedience, Miss Hawkins slavishly follows her dairy’s commands until the impossible happens – she meets a man. As a last reprieve from the horrors of loneliness she embarks on a determined full-scale mission to taste life’s secret pleasures – and pains– until the cup runs dry…

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 4th March 2013

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