Beryl Bainbridge

Beryl Bainbridge was an English author known for her works of psychological fiction, often macabre tales of life in the north of England. She was nominated five times for the Booker Prize and was described as a 'national treasure'. Her novels include 'The Dressmaker', 'The Bottle Factory Outing', and 'An Awfully Big Adventure'. Bainbridge's writing style is marked by dark humor and sharp observations of human nature.


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  1. 1. The Bottle Factory Outing

    The novel is a darkly comic tale of two women, Brenda and Freda, who work in a wine-bottling factory in 1970s London. Their lives are filled with tedious work, petty squabbles, and dreams of romance. Brenda is a quiet, passive woman who is trying to escape from her abusive husband, while Freda is a large, boisterous woman who has an unrequited love for their boss. The story takes a twisted turn when a company outing to the countryside results in a murder, leaving the women to deal with the repercussions.

    The 1792nd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Master Georgie

    "Master Georgie" by Beryl Bainbridge is a historical novel set in the mid-19th century during the Crimean War. The story revolves around the life of George Hardy, a talented but troubled surgeon, and the people who are drawn into his orbit. Through the perspectives of different characters, the book explores themes of love, war, and the complexities of human relationships. The narrative unfolds through a series of vivid and haunting images, capturing the harsh realities of war and the emotional struggles of the characters.

    The 4879th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Injury Time

    "Injury Time" is a darkly comedic tale of a middle-aged man who has a secret mistress. He organizes a dinner party with his friends and his mistress, but the party takes a disastrous turn when it is interrupted by burglars. The story is a satirical exploration of love, betrayal, and the absurdity of suburban life.

    The 5805th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Every Man for Himself

    "Every Man for Himself" is a historical fiction novel centered around the ill-fated voyage of the Titanic. The story is narrated by a 22-year-old American named Morgan, who is a nephew of the owner of the ship. The novel vividly portrays the class distinctions, social norms, and personal ambitions of the era, while masterfully building up the suspense and tragedy of the impending disaster. The narrative weaves together a complex web of relationships and events, exploring themes of love, betrayal, and the human condition against the backdrop of one of the most infamous maritime disasters in history.

    The 6116th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. According To Queeney

    This novel offers a vivid portrayal of 18th-century England through the lens of an unconventional relationship between a celebrated literary figure and the Thrale family, particularly focusing on the youngest daughter, Queeney. The narrative, rich in historical detail, explores the complexities of human connections, the intricacies of family dynamics, and the poignant moments that define our understanding of love and friendship. Through Queeney's eyes, readers are invited into the intimate world of intellectual and social elites, witnessing the blend of affection, ambition, and the quest for intellectual companionship that characterizes the era. The book masterfully intertwines factual history with fiction, providing a nuanced exploration of the period's cultural and social mores.

    The 6604th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. The Birthday Boys

    "The Birthday Boys" is a gripping historical novel that recounts the ill-fated Antarctic expedition led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott, as narrated by five members of the team. Each chapter gives a personal and introspective voice to a different crew member, offering unique perspectives on their daunting journey towards the South Pole. The narrative delves into the camaraderie, conflicts, and harrowing challenges faced by the explorers, revealing their deepest fears and motivations. Through vivid and emotional storytelling, the novel explores themes of ambition, heroism, and the tragic hubris of mankind’s quest to conquer nature.

    The 6687th Greatest Book of All Time