Popular author Dame Beryl Bainbridge attended Merchant Taylors’ School during the war, travelling by train from Formby to Blundellsand. Joining into Lower 2 at Stanfield in 1942, Beryl describes fond memories of the ‘aesthetic surroundings’ that allowed her to appreciate her education at Merchants until leaving in December 1947.
Dame Beryl Bainbridge went on to become one of the most popular and recognisable English novelists of her generation. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, she established her status as one of the major literary figures of the past fifty years with 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).
Brendan King, an author, editor and translator worked for Beryl Bainbridge between 1987 and 2010 and helped to prepare her final novel The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress for publication after her death. He has now drawn upon a wealth of unpublished letters and diaries to publish a candid and authoritative biography of this well-loved novelist.
Brendan King displays a frank portrait of Beryl Bainbridge, revealing the real woman behind her popular image as a quirky eccentric. He explores her complex private life, merely hinted at in her novels, to narrate the story of Bainbridge’s dramatic and captivating life, much like one of her own perfectly-crafted novels.
The biography Love by All Sorts of Means is now available.