RIP Dame Beryl Bainbridge

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RIP Dame Beryl Bainbridge

Postby Tonyblack » Sun Jul 04, 2010 6:44 pm

I've just had an odd experience. I was going through my bookshelves and found a copy of a Beryl Bainbridge book that I didn't realise I had (Winter Garden) and thought I'd Google her books to find out what this one was about (she's one of my favourite authors). I found a Wiki on her and discovered to my dismay that she died on Friday 2nd July this year - two days ago. :(

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 :(
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Postby lothlann » Sun Jul 04, 2010 7:10 pm

Thank you, I shall check out her books.

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Postby Tonyblack » Sun Jul 04, 2010 7:34 pm

Here's an excellent obituary in the Washington Post
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Sun Jul 04, 2010 9:03 pm

She was a truly unique person and will be much missed. RIP Beryl :(
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Postby swreader » Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:29 am

I was talking to Tony about Beryl (his finding a book he didn't know he had) and found the article/obituary he has a link to in his last post. It's really an essay about her life and works--2 pages and extemely well written. I'm going to have to read some of her novels now.
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Postby michelanCello » Mon Jul 05, 2010 7:22 am

I'll deffinitely read something of her... May she rest in peace... :(
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Postby Dotsie » Mon Jul 05, 2010 8:42 am

I saw her talking at a conference years ago when I was still at school, and she was so charming and funny it made me go out and find some of her books.

RIP Beryl :(
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