The Fictions of Beryl Bainbridge
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).
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