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Bainbridge, Beryl 1932-2010

Works: 145 works in 1,200 publications in 13 languages and 25,700 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Historical fiction  Humorous fiction  Sea stories  Reviews  Romance fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR6052.A3195, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Beryl Bainbridge
Master Georgie : a novel by Beryl Bainbridge( Book )

53 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 1,708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel on the 1854 Crimean War featuring a homosexual surgeon who volunteers to prove his manhood. He is George Hardy of Liverpool and he is accompanied by an assistant, a maid who bore the children which his barren wife claims
Every man for himself by Beryl Bainbridge( Book )

70 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in 8 languages and held by 1,631 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sinking of the Titanic featuring Morgan, an American playboy who is the nephew of the ship's owner. After days of boozing and wenching, Morgan gets the opportunity to prove that he can also be a hero. By the author of The Birthday Boys
The birthday boys by Beryl Bainbridge( Book )

48 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in English and Dutch and held by 1,483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fictionalized account of Captain Scott's ill-fated expedition to the South Pole in 1912, told from several points of view, Scott's as well as that of his men. The London Evening Standard called it "a daring leap of emphatic imagination."
According to Queeney by Beryl Bainbridge( Book )

45 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 1,407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Samuel Johnson, the literary giant of mid-eighteenth century London, becomes part of the chaotic household of wealthy brewer Henry Thrale
The bottle factory outing by Beryl Bainbridge( Book )

79 editions published between 1974 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Freda and Brenda spend their days working in an Italian-run wine-bottling factory. A work outing offers promise for Freda, and terror for Brenda, passions run high on that chilly day of freedom, and life after the outing never returns to normal."
The girl in the polka-dot dress by Beryl Bainbridge( Book )

31 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 1,209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the tumultuous spring of 1968 a young English woman, Rose, travels from London to the United States to meet a man she knows as Washington Harold. In her suitcase are a polka dot dress and a one-way ticket. In an America recently convulsed by the April assassination of Martin Luther King and subsequent urban riots, they begin a search for the charismatic and elusive Dr. Wheeler - sage, prophet and, possibly, redeemer - who rescued Rose from a dreadful childhood and against whom Harold holds a seething grudge. As they follow their quarry cross-country in a camper they encounter the odd remnants of Wheeler acolytes who harbor festering cultural and political grievances. Along the way, a famous artist is shot in New York, mutilated soldiers are evacuated from Vietnam, race hatred explodes in ghettos and suburbs and casual madness blossoms at revival meetings. Many believe America's only hope is presidential candidate Robert Kennedy, whose campaign trail echoes Rose and Harold's pilgrimage. Both will conclude in Los Angeles at the Ambassador Hotel one infamous night in June. Subversive, sinister and marvelously vivid, Beryl Bainbridge's great last novel evokes a nation on the brink of self-destruction with artful brilliance."--Publisher's description
A quiet life : a novel by Beryl Bainbridge( Book )

45 editions published between 1976 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life of a family consisting of two parents, Joe and Connie, and their two children, Madge and Alan is shown in this book... A Quiet Life describes the ups and downs of the family after WWII. Joe once had a great business, but after some events in the war, he is now bankrupt and is listening to the `wireless', as they called it (radio in our days). Connie, a woman who married Joe years ago because of his wealth, is now a very strict lady who reads novels at the train station alone every night, while during the day, she drinks tea. The daughter, Madge, is a girl who walks along the mine-filled seaside every night. She is a girl who is trusted by her mother, who often believes the lies of Madge, making her able to get away from the troubles she has done. Lastly, the main character is Alan, who is a 17 year old teenager who falls in love with Janet, another girl in his school. The main idea of the book is shown in the title, A Quiet Life, because it is about Alan, trying to have his own life different from the kind he grew up in. Why he wants his own life is because there is a lot of chaos going on around the house that he has to put up with and try to live through them everyday. Starting with Alan and Madge meeting each other inside the café, a shift is made to the actual life these two children grew up in... During the story, Alan often argues with his sister about going to see a German P.O.W and almost causing a disaster for the family. These are only some of the problems that occurred within this spoiled family. --Eric Lin at
Young Adolf : a novel by Beryl Bainbridge( Book )

59 editions published between 1978 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,098 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A story based on a journal entry of Adolph Hitler
An awfully big adventure by Beryl Bainbridge( Book )

55 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 1,074 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een eigenzinnig 16-jarig meisje krijgt in 1950 een baantje bij een toneelgezelschap in Liverpool, waar tijdens haar aanwezigheid grote en kleine rampen gebeuren
Watson's apology by Beryl Bainbridge( Book )

35 editions published between 1984 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,007 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On Thursday 12th October 1871, the Rev. J.S. Watson bludgeoned his wife to death on their return from church
Injury time : a novel by Beryl Bainbridge( Book )

56 editions published between 1977 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 988 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edward is throwing a dinner party with his mistress. Aware that she has long been denied those small intimacies that his wife takes for granted. Things seem to be going well but then some uninvited guests arrive and Edward is going to be late home
Winter garden by Beryl Bainbridge( Book )

30 editions published between 1980 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 956 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A satirical thriller about a British adulterer in Russia from the award-winning author of The Bottle Factory Outing. Middle-class, middle-aged, and middle-of-the-road lawyer Douglas Ashburner has never been much of a womanizer. So when he tells his wife he{u2019}s going on a fishing holiday, she takes his word for it. But instead of leaving London for Scotland, he departs from Heathrow to Moscow. Douglas is tagging along with his mistress, a sculptor named Nina St. Clair, on a tour of Russia arranged by the Soviet Artists{u2019} Union. Accompanying them on the trip are two other artists: the impudent Bernard Douglas and the irritable Enid Dwyer. Once in Moscow, Ashburner starts to wish he really had gone fishing. He promptly loses his luggage, the food is terrible, the art is horrific, and their tour guide is downright militant. But when Nina slips out to a last-minute lunch appointment and never returns, things go from bad to disastrous. Motives are unclear. Identities are mistaken. And as the group travels from the capital to Lenigrad to Tblisi, confusion, contradictions, and even hallucinations abound. Ripe with the scathing wit, eccentric characters, and richly morbid atmosphere that have earned award-winning author Beryl Bainbridge both a cult following and mainstream praise, Winter Garden is a psychological thriller that turns an ironic lens on the social mores of modern life
Sweet William : a novel by Beryl Bainbridge( Book )

42 editions published between 1975 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 866 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een Schotse schrijver weet door zijn kinderlijke rechtlijnigheid alle vrouwen waarop hij zijn zinnen heeft gezet voor zich te winnen
Harriet said by Beryl Bainbridge( Book )

45 editions published between 1972 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 840 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The infamous Parker-Hulme murder case inspired this frightening tale of adolescent transgression in an English seaside town. When a thirteen-year-old girl returns from boarding school to her small hometown in Merseyside for summer break, her best friend, Harriet, is not back yet, and she's restless, anxious for something-anything-to happen. In this state of troubled anticipation, she visits the beach and encounters Peter Biggs, an elegant yet disheveled man in the throes of middle age and an unhappy marriage. A stirring inside of the budding woman makes her feel irresistibly attracted to this man...'nd simultaneously repulsed. But she doesn't dare do anything about it until Harriet arrives. One year older and much more mischievous, Harriet returns to find her friend in a state of confused obsession. The two girls hatch a plan to "humble" Biggs. At Harriet's command they proceed to methodically spy on him and his wife, manipulate his desires, and ensnare him in an act of incriminating humiliation, all on the premise that this will be their most daring summer yet. But the power these young women possess is perhaps more sinister and unwieldy than anyone realizes. Award-winning British author Beryl Bainbridge's first novel, Harriet Said is loosely based on the Parker-Hulme teenage murder case in New Zealand dramatized in the Kate Winslet film Heavenly Creatures. It was originally completed in 1958; however, editors were so scandalized by its gruesome and amoral content that the book was not published until 1972. It has since become a horror classic
A weekend with Claude by Beryl Bainbridge( Book )

41 editions published between 1967 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 726 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A group of eccentricfriends makes a mess of their shared holiday in this witty novel from one of Britain's best-loved authors. When Claude stumbles upon an old photo, memories of a weekend spent in the company of his friends come back in full force. In the snapshot are Lily, a thick-ankled girl who is unlucky in love; Edward, the "awfully quiet and awfully nice" geologist Lily is trying to woo; "Victorian Norman," a factory worker and Marxist romantic; and Shebah, an elderly Jewish drama queen who used to be in show business. But during their country-house holiday, there was deception and drama lurking behind the scenes. Through the voices of each of Claude's guests, author Beryl Bainbridge weaves a darkly comic tale of everyday people grasping for love-or lust-as a means of revolt against the mundane normalcy of their lives. Confined for a night and a day, they make a muck of all social pleasantries and put their friendships on the line. First written in 1967, then revised and republished in 1982, A Weekend with Claude marks a stylistic departure from Bainbridge's renowned third-person novels, such as The Bottle Factory Outing and Injury Time. Yet the master writer's singular morbidity and black humor abound, making this a welcome and entertaining read with "the kind of dreamy, evocative quality we associate with the films of eric Rohmer" (TheNew York Times)
The dressmaker by Beryl Bainbridge( Book )

56 editions published between 1973 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wartime Liverpool is a place of ration books and jobs in munitions factories. Rita, living with her two aunts Nellie and Margo, is emotionally naive and withdrawn. When she meets Ira, a GI, at a neoghbour's party she falls in love almost as much with the idea of life as a GI bride as with the man himself. But Nellie and Margo are not so blind
Another part of the wood by Beryl Bainbridge( Book )

46 editions published between 1968 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two families have teamed up for a holiday in Wales. But in one of the huts in their forest encampment disaster is waiting for them
Mum and Mr. Armitage : selected stories of Beryl Bainbridge by Beryl Bainbridge( Book )

15 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The secret glass by Beryl Bainbridge( Book )

6 editions published between 1974 and 1975 in English and held by 552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Front row : evenings at the theatre : pieces from the oldie by Beryl Bainbridge( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Front Row is a collection of Beryl Bainbridge's best writing about the theatre. It contains fascinating insights into the work of such contemporaries as Alan Bennett, Alan Rickmann and Ronald Harwood, alongside amusing sketches of the actors Bainbridge worked with in her early years, including Judith Chalmers and Billie Whitelaw. And in her autobiographical introduction, Beryl Bainbridge evokes all the magic that the footlights possess for her."--Jacket
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Master Georgie : a novel
Alternative Names
Bainbridge, Beryl

Bainbridge, Beryl 1933-

Bainbridge, Beryl 1934-

Bainbridge, Beryl, 1934-2010

Bainbridge, Beryl M. 1932-2010

Bainbridge, Beryl Margaret

Bainbridge, Beryl Margaret 1932-2010

Beryl Bainbridge britische Schriftstellerin und Schauspielerin

Beryl Bainbridge britisk manusforfattar og skodespelar

Beryl Bainbridge britisk manusforfatter og skuespiller

Beryl Bainbridge britisk manuskriptforfatter og skuespiller

Beryl Bainbridge Brits acteur

Beryl Bainbridge Brits actrice

Beryl Bainbridge brittisk manusförfattare och skådespelare

Beryl Bainbridge scrittrice britannica

Beryl Bainbridge skieuse alpine autrichienne

Bêynbrîdǧ, Berîl 1932-2010

Берил Бейнбридж

בינברידג', בריל, 1932-2010

בריל ביינברידג'

בריל ביינברידג' סופרת בריטית

Every man for himselfThe birthday boysAccording to QueeneyThe bottle factory outingThe girl in the polka-dot dressA quiet life : a novelYoung Adolf : a novelAn awfully big adventure