Beryl Bainbridge Dies

The words used to describe Beryl Bainbridge who died of cancer on Friday, are “mordant” and “acerbic.”

She published more than 15 novels, most of them directly influenced by her childhood in Liverpool. Her 1989 novel, An Awfully Big Adventure, based on her own experience as a struggling actress, was made into a 1994 movie starring Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant.

The Guardian reports that she was still trying to dictate the last pages of her final novel from her hospital bed last week. No news yet on when, or if, it will be published.

Obituaries:

The Guardian, Beryl Bainbridge remembered and a gallery of photos of the author

L.A. Times, Beryl Bainbridge dies; British novelist chronicled human relationships

N.Y Times, Beryl Bainbridge, Mordant Novelist, Is Dead at 77

Washington Post, Obituary: Beryl Bainbridge, acclaimed British novelist, dies at 77

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