Wikipedia wrote:Dame Beryl Margaret Bainbridge, DBE (21 November 1934 – 2 July 2010) was an English novelist.
Bainbridge won the Whitbread Awards prize for best novel in 1977 and 1996; she was nominated five times for the Booker Prize. She was described in 2007 as "a national treasure". In 2008, The Times newspaper named Bainbridge among their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".
If you haven't read her books, I'd urge you to do so. They are marvellously comic while at the same time being intensely tragic.
She puts the reader into the story as an observer and allows you to see what the protagonists are blind to - often with hysterical consequences. Her book 'Young Adolf' for example tells the fictionalised story of a 23 year old Hitler going to Liverpool to stay with his half brother Alois and Bridget his Irish wife. This story is actually based on fact - Adolf Hitler did indeed live in Liverpool.
Anyway, Beryl Bainbridge will be sadly missed.
R.I.P. Dame Beryl