Beryl Bainbridge: Love by All Sorts of Means: A Biography

Beryl Bainbridge: Love by All Sorts of Means: A Biography

by Brendan King


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Dame Beryl Bainbridge was one of the best loved and most recognizable English novelists of her generation. She was shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times and her critically acclaimed novels The Dressmaker (1973),The Bottle Factory Outing (1974), An Awfully Big Adventure (1990), Every Man For Himself (1996) and Master Georgie (1998) confirmed her status as one of the major literary figures of the last fifty years.

A unique voice in fiction, and unforgettable in person, Beryl Bainbridge was famous for her gregarious drinking habits and her unconventional lifestyle. Yet underneath the public image of a quirky eccentric lay a complex and sometimes traumatic private life that she rarely talked about and which was often only hinted at in her novels.

In this first full-length biography, Brendan King draws on a mass of unpublished letters and diaries to reveal the real woman behind the popular image. He explores Bainbridge's difficult childhood in Formby, her career as a young actress at the Liverpool Playhouse, and her life as a single mother and writer in Camden Town. Along the way he tackles her complex private life: her failed marriage to the painter Austin Davies, her affairs, and her longstanding relationship with her publisher, Colin Haycraft.

This frank portrait of Beryl Bainbridge tells the story of a life that is every bit as dramatic and compelling as one of her own perfectly-crafted novels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472908537
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 11/08/2016
Pages: 576
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 6.40(d)

About the Author

Brendan King is an author, editor and translator. Between 1987 and 2010 he worked for the novelist Beryl Bainbridge, and helped prepare her final novel The Girl in the Polka-dot Dress for publication after her death.

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