Beryl Bainbridge

Literary Birthday – 21 November – Beryl Bainbridge


Beryl Bainbridge was born 21 November 1932 and died 2 July 2010

Beryl Bainbridge Quotes

  1. Everything else you grow out of, but you never recover from childhood.
  2. I am of the firm belief that everybody could write books and I never understand why they don’t. After all, everybody speaks. Once the grammar has been learnt it is simply talking on paper and in time learning what not to say.
  3. What we remember is probably fiction anyway.
  4. The vital accessories to my work are my reference books, such as the complete Shakespeare and a prayer book, and a large refuse bin.
  5. The process of writing a story is rather like lacing a tall boot: before tying the final knot, you pull all the laces tightly together, right from the bottom.

Beryl Bainbridge was an English novelist and screenwriter who was known for her portrayals of lower-middle-class English life. Bainbridge won the Whitbread Awards prize for best novel in 1977 and 1996; she was nominated five times for the Booker Prize. Her novels include An Awfully Big Adventure and Harriet Said… She was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2000.

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