Beryl Bainbridge

English novelist

Dame Beryl Margaret Bainbridge DBE (21 November 19322 July 2010) was an English novelist who had been shortlisted five times for the Booker Prize.


  • I am of the firm belief that everybody could write books and I never understand why they don't. After all, everyone speaks. Once the grammar has been learnt it is simply talking on paper and in time learning what not to say.
    • James Vinson & D. L. Kirkpatrick (eds.), Contemporary Novelists, 2nd edition, (London: St. James Press, 1976). [1]
  • Being constantly with the children was like wearing a pair of shoes that were expensive and too small. She couldn't bear to throw them out, but they gave her blisters.
    • Injury Time (London: Abacus, [1977] 2003) ch. 4, pp. 41-42.
  • Everything else you grow out of, but you never recover from childhood.

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