Beryl Bainbridge

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Bainbridge, Beryl

(Dame Beryl Margaret Bainbridge), 1933–2010, English author, b. Liverpool. Bainbridge is mainly known for her tightly plotted, rueful, and darkly comic fiction in which dull and simple lives frequently go out of control and violence is never far away. An actress during the 1960s, she published the first of her brief, tightly constructed novels, A Weekend with Claude, in 1967. Her early fiction often reflects her drab, claustrophobic lower-middle-class childhood. Her best-known early novels include The Dressmaker (1973, film 1989), The Bottle Factory Outing (1974), Sweet William (1975, film 1980), and Injury Time (1977). The popular An Awfully Big Adventure (1989, film 1995) reflects her early experiences in the theater. Her later novels tend to be centered around historical events, e.g., The Birthday Boys (1991) concerns ScottScott, Robert Falcon,
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's Antarctic expedition, Every Man for Himself (1996) is about the Titanic, and Master Georgie (1998) is set during the Crimean War. Her dark, death-filled last novel, The Girl in the Polka-Dot Dress, set in the 1960s, was unfinished and posthumously published in 2011. Bainbridge also wrote short stories, nonfiction, and teleplays. She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2000.


See her memoir Front Row: My Life in the Theatre (2005); B. J. Grubisic, Understanding Beryl Bainbridge (2008).

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TRIBUTES were paid to the author Dame Beryl Bainbridge who died at the age of 77.
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Twelve children from schools around the town are among the contenders for the Dame Beryl Bainbridge First Time Author Award - the result of a national initiative masterminded by children's author Christina Gabbitas.
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FOR many, launching their careers at the Playhouse was the start of an adventure - and for Beryl Bainbridge it proved an awfully big one.
Barnes joked he was "relieved" to have won and avoid the fate of novelist Beryl Bainbridge who was awarded a posthumous Booker after failing to pick up the prize in her lifetime.
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Organizers of the Booker Prize have recognized often-nominated Beryl Bainbridge with a posthumous "best of" award.
Summary: Tributes from the literary world poured in today for novelist Dame Beryl Bainbridge, who died this morning at the age of 77.
NOVELIST Dame Beryl Bainbridge died yesterday aged 75 after a short battle with cancer.