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 – in that she has a consistent style of writing, which once it gels with you won’t let you go. I’ve also found I’ve become rather fond of her – she’s Beryl to me now, not Bainbridge any more.
I realise that some of you may still be reading with a write-up to follow. Keep them coming and I will do a review round-up with all the links in one place later in the week.
I will also be pasting all the links in my new tab at the top of the page – Reading Beryl, so there’ll be an easy to retrieve record of the week and I intend to keep reading the rest of her books as an on-going project. If you have been inspired to read more, do comment on the page and leave your link.
And for anyone who hasn’t read enough about Beryl, here’s a link to her interview in the Paris Review from 2000.
* * * However I’d like to end the week with a giveaway! * * *
Beryl’s last novel The Girl in the Polka-Dot Dress will finally be published in paperback at the beginning of July. I’m offering three copies of the book (and will send them to anywhere that the Book Depository sends to). I’ll make the draw next Friday.
Just leave a comment – and tell me your favourite Bainbridge novel, moment from this week, or anything else Beryl-related.