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Deryn Rees-Jones and Michael Murphy

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310737

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314476

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‘Unhomely Moments’

‘Unhomely Moments’

The Fictions of Beryl Bainbridge

(p.72) 4 ‘Unhomely Moments’
Writing Liverpool

Helen Carr

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the life and work of Beryl Bainbridge, who was born in 1934 and brought up in Formby in Lancashire, on the coast just north of Liverpool. Bainbridge's writing career is often viewed as consisting of two distinct stages: her early work, in which she often draws on her own background, mainly set in Liverpool; and her later books, from the early 1990s onwards, which are much more wide-ranging historical novels. Bainbridge's books are brief, often less than 200 pages; her writing is sharp and spare, yet psychologically complex, densely plotted, and compellingly narrated. The analysis covers works such as Young Hitler (1978), Watson's Apology (1984), and An Awfully Big Adventure (1989).

Keywords:   women authors, female writers, historical novels

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