The two ladies didn't want their husbands to die, but they did want to survive them for the cruise. It would be such fun, just the two of them on a boat, decently widowed at last. But the sea holds hidden perils for women of a certain age. The author won the Booker Prize for "The Elected Member".

Birds of Passage 1988, Little, Brown Book Group, London

ISBN-13: 9780349130163

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Birds of Passage 1984, Pocket Books

ISBN-13: 9780671502829

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Birds of Passage 1982, Summit Books, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780671447984

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Birds of Passage 1981, Hamish Hamilton, London, England

ISBN-13: 9780241106648

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