Monthly Archives: June 2012

A Polka-dot Giveaway – the Results!

It’s results time for my Polka-dot giveaway at the end of Beryl Bainbridge Reading Week.  My daughter did the honours and picked the following three names out of the hat.  Each wins a copy of Beryl’s last novel The Girl In The Polka Dot Dresswhich is published next week. … and the winners are … SOPHIA COL SSHAVER Well done… Read more »

A night out in London

I was lucky enough to be invited to the annual Harper Collins summer party last night, held in the Orangery at Kensington Palace. For once the sun shone, and the evening was perfect for strolling in the gardens amongst literary types. I felt terribly flattered to be asked, but being a bit shy I hovered at lot at first. There… Read more »

Beryl Bainbridge Reading Week – Review Round-up

Thank you again to everyone who has joined in Beryl Bainbridge Reading Week. I said I’d do a full round up – so here are all the links so far. If I’ve missed you out, please leave a link in the comments and I’ll add you in. As Simon did for his Review Round-up for Muriel Spark Reading Week back in… Read more »

A Polka-Dot Giveaway

It’s Sunday tea-time in the UK, and we’re coming to the end of Beryl Bainbridge Reading Week.  Thank you to everyone who’s taken part by reading, posting, reviewing, commenting and just popping by. I’ve found all the books of hers that I’ve read to be brilliantly written, wickedly subversive and often very funny, each one different yet reassuringly the same… Read more »

Nights at the Theatre

Front Row: Evenings at the Theatre by Beryl Bainbridge From  1992 until 2002, Beryl was the theatre reviewer for The Oldie magazine, and  her reviews have been collected in this volume. Collected columns like these can easily date, however Beryl prefaces each review in her idiosyncratic style with comment about what she’d been doing, or thoughts about arriving at the theatre. She… Read more »

“Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way”

A Quiet Lifeby Beryl Bainbridge Alan sits in a café waiting for his sister Madge, whom he hasn’t seen for fifteen years – there to discuss their late mother’s effects. Both are now in their forties, and they’re still as different as chalk and cheese. Rewind twenty-five years. It’s the 1950s; petrol is still rationed, the spectre of the war… Read more »

Frankenstein – National Theatre Live

I’m having a break from Beryl today, as I’m dying to tell you about the film I went to see last night, because if I delayed and you wanted to go, you might have missed it… Last summer one of the biggest critical smashes in the theatre was Danny Boyle’s production of a new play version of Frankenstein by Nick… Read more »

Dinner Parties – A Risky Business!

Injury Time by Beryl Bainbridge Dinner parties… Love ’em, loathe ’em – but from the mid 1970s to perhaps as far as the late 1990s they were a symbol of the middle classes. The kitchen-sink drama moved into the Dining Room. Acceptance of your position in the hierarchy by giving dinner parties was soon replaced by competitive hosting – the… Read more »

Beryl on the box & big screen …

Today, I offer you a survey of Beryl’s work for TV and film, with as many links to clips as I can find… During the early part of her career, Beryl was an actress.  In 1961, she famously appeared in one episode of Coronation Street as the peace-protesting girlfriend of Ken Barlow. See BB in Corrie. She wrote several plays/screenplays for… Read more »

Love the one you’re with – the Bainbridge version

I was thinking of an apt title for this post and was planning on calling it ‘The man who loved women‘ after the celebrated François Truffaut film, but then I remembered the Stephen Stills song ‘Love the one you’re with‘. It seemed to encapsulate Bainbridge’s 1975 novel in a nutshell. (More of Stephen Stills below). Sweet William by Beryl Bainbridge I… Read more »