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By 2001 Beryl Bainbridge had published sixteen novels, written in an almost bald style which exploits her satiric eye for ordinary domestic life and for unexpected melodramatic interruptions of it. Many of her later novels are historical. She also wrote short stories, travel or topographical books with a hint of social studies about them, a newspaper column, and plays for both stage and television.
21 November 1932 BB was born in Menlove Avenue, Liverpool, the younger of two children. The family had moved to this smaller house a year before, after a financial crash. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
October 1974 BB published The Bottle Factory Outing, a novel which puts to use her experience as a worker sticking on labels at a wine-bottling plant in London a few years earlier. Bibliographic Citation link.
6 September 2001 BB published another historical novel, According to Queeney, about Hester Thrale and Samuel Johnson, whose narrative sticks unusually close to its sources. Bibliographic Citation link.
2 July 2010 BB died suddenly in the early hours, in hospital, after holding onto life with astonishing persistence following a recurrence of her cancer. Bibliographic Citation link.
26 May 2011 BB's final novel, The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress, was published, completed by Brendan King, who added no new material but used the notebooks Bainbridge was working on when she died. Bibliographic Citation link.
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