Author(s): Priestley, J. B.,
Date of Publication: 12/01/1993,
Pagination: 96 pages,
Series: Heinemann Plays for 14-16+,
Published By: Pearson Education Limited,
Book Classification: Educational: study & revision guides, Plays & playscripts
"Two hours ago a young woman died in the Infirmary...she'd swallowed a lot of strong disinfectant. Burnt her inside out..."
Arthur Birling, a prosperous manufacturer, is holding a family dinner party to celebrate his daughter's engagement. Into this cosy scene intrudes the harsh figure of a police inspector investigating the suicide of a young working-class woman. Under interrogation, every member of the family turns out to have a shameful secret which links them with her death.