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Beryl Bainbridge was born on November 21, 1934, in Liverpool, England. She became an actress at a young age and worked in English repertory theatres and on the radio. Her work contains dark, somber subject matter, deftly mixed with humor. Her writing acts as an outlet for her childhood frustrations, and frequently deals with family relations. In her novels, she recalls memories of disappointment and of a bad-tempered, brooding father. During her lifetime, she wrote 18 novels including A Weekend with Claude, Another Part of the Wood, The Bottle Factory Outing, The Birthday Boys, According to Queeney, and Young Adolf. She adapted many of her novels, such as An Awfully Big Adventure, Sweet William, and The Dressmaker, for film. She has received numerous awards and honors including the Whitbread Award in 1977 for Injury Time and in 1996 for Every Man for Himself; the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction in 1998 for Master Georgie; a Guardian Fiction Award, and the David Cohen Prize for Literature in 2003. She was made a dame by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000. She died from cancer on July 2, 2010 at the age of 77. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Master Georgie… (more)
Master Georgie 902 copies, 19 reviews
Every Man for Himself 772 copies, 18 reviews
According to Queeney 624 copies, 19 reviews
The Bottle Factory Outing 539 copies, 21 reviews
An Awfully Big Adventure 509 copies, 16 reviews
The Birthday Boys 496 copies, 13 reviews
The Dressmaker 291 copies, 5 reviews
Young Adolf 246 copies, 7 reviews
Injury Time 242 copies, 9 reviews
Harriet Said 194 copies, 7 reviews
A Quiet Life 179 copies, 3 reviews
Another Part of the Wood 176 copies, 4 reviews
The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress 168 copies, 8 reviews
Watson's Apology 142 copies, 4 reviews
Sweet William 125 copies, 3 reviews
Scott's Last Expedition: The Journals (Introduction, some editions) 500 copies, 3 reviews
The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories (Contributor) 419 copies, 2 reviews
The Best of Modern Humor (Contributor) 286 copies, 2 reviews
The Oxford Book of Travel Stories (Contributor) 73 copies, 1 review
Granta 14: Autobiography (Contributor) 71 copies
Ox-Tales: Air (Contributor) 67 copies, 3 reviews
When I Grow Up: A Memoir (Introduction, some editions) 19 copies
An Awfully Big Adventure [1995 film] (Original book) 15 copies, 1 review
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After the publication of her breakthrough novel Harriet Said in 1972, Beryl Bainbridge became one of the grandes dames of British contemporary literature because of her prolific and successful works, original voice, and darkly funny outlook. Her biography, Beryl Bainbridge: Love By All Sorts of Means by Brendan King, was published in 2016.
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