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Beryl Bainbridge

Beryl Bainbridge

(1934 – 2010)

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Beryl Bainbridge

Beryl Bainbridge
(1934 – 2010)

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Beryl Bainbridge

(1934 – 2010)
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This is an online tribute dedicated to Beryl Bainbridge. Dame Beryl Margaret Bainbridge, DBE was an English novelist.
Dame Beryl Bainbridge won the Whitbread Awards prize for best novel in 1977 and 1996; and she was nominated five times for the Booker Prize. She was described in 2007 as "a national treasure". In 2008, The Times newspaper named Dame Beryl Bainbridge among their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".
Beryl Bainbridge was born in Liverpool and raised in nearby Formby. Her parents were Richard Bainbridge and Winifred, née Baines. Even as a small child Beryl enjoyed writing, and by the age of 10 she was keeping a diary. Beryl had elocution lessons and when she was 11, appeared
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on the radio with Billie Whitelaw and Judith Chalmers. Dame Beryl Bainbridge was expelled from Merchant Taylors' Girls' School, Crosby, when she was 14 because she was caught with a "dirty rhyme" (as she later described it), written by someone else, in her gymslip pocket. That summer, she fell in love with a former German POW who was waiting to be repatriated. For the next six years, the couple corresponded and tried to get permission for the German man to return to Britain so that they could be married. However, they never got this and the relationship ended in 1953.
In the following year (1954), Beryl married artist Austin Davies. The two divorced soon after, leaving Dame Beryl Bainbridge a single mother
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of two children. She later had a third child by Alan Sharp, a daughter who is the actress Rudi Davies.
Beryl Bainbridge spent her early years working as an actress, and she appeared in one 1961 episode of the soap opera Coronation Street playing an anti-nuclear protester.
To help fill her time, Dame Beryl Bainbridge began to write, primarily based on incidents from her childhood. Her first novel, Harriet Said..., was rejected by several publishers, one of whom found the central characters "repulsive almost beyond belief". It was eventually published in 1972, four years after her third novel (Another Part of the Wood). Her second and third novels were published (1967..8) and were received well by critics
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although they failed to earn much money. Seven more novels were written and published during the 1970s, of which the fifth, Injury Time, was awarded the Whitbread prize for best novel in 1977.
In the late 1970s she wrote a screenplay based on her novel Sweet William. The movie version, starring Sam Waterston, was released in 1979.
From 1980 onwards eight more novels appeared. The 1989 novel, An Awfully Big Adventure (1989) was adapted into a film in 1995 starring Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant.
In the 1990s Dame Beryl Bainbridge turned to historical fiction. These novels continued to be popular with critics but this time were also commercially successful. Among her historical fiction novels are Every
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Man for Himself, about the 1912 Titanic disaster, for which Dame Beryl Bainbridge won the 1996 Whitbread Awards prize for best novel, and Master Georgie, set during the Crimean War, for which she won the 1998 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction.
Her last novel, According to Queeney, is a fictionalized account of the last years of the life of Samuel Johnson as seen through the eyes of Queeney Thrale, eldest daughter of Henry Thrale and Hester Thrale; it received wide acclaim.
From the 1990s, Dame Beryl Bainbridge also served as a theatre critic for the monthly magazine The Oldie. Her reviews rarely contained negative content, and were usually published after the play had closed.
In 2000, she
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was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE).
In June 2001 Bainbridge was awarded an honorary degree by the Open University as Doctor of the University.
In 2003 she was awarded the David Cohen Prize for Literature together with Thom Gunn. In 2005, the British Library acquired many of Bainbridge's private letters and diaries.
Dame Beryl Bainbridge passed away on 2 July 2010. This is an online memorial dedicated to her life and her career.
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Beryl Bainbridge

This is an online tribute dedicated to Beryl Bainbridge. Dame Beryl Margaret Bainbridge, DBE was an English novelist.
Dame Beryl Bainbridge won the Whitbread Awards prize for best novel in 1977 and 1996; and she was nominated five times for the Booker Prize. She was described in 2007 as "a national treasure". In 2008, The Times newspaper named Dame Beryl Bainbridge among their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".
Beryl Bainbridge was born in Liverpool and raised in nearby Formby. Her parents were Richard Bainbridge and Winifred, née Baines. Even as a small child Beryl enjoyed writing, and by the age of 10 she was keeping a diary. Beryl had elocution lessons and when she was 11, appeared...

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