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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' piercing wit and humanity, Ending Up is a wickedly funny black comedy of the indignities of old age.

©1974 Kingsley Amis (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Wonderful book, but...

The reading here is strangely hesitant, insecure and always on the edge of stumbling over itself, as if the narrator were sight reading something he doesn’t quite understand. It’s all very odd, and makes for an uninvolving read through one of Kingsley Amis’ best books.