A huge void was created in the literary world last night, after acclaimed novelist, Dame Beryl Bainbridge died at the age of 75. She received tributes from friends and fellow writers and is generally considered as one of the greatest British writers.
She passed away in the hospital after a brief battle with cancer. She has been compared with the best British authors. Her biographer, Sir Michael Holroyd also praised Bainbridge for her work and remarked that she was a wonderful person.
Bainbridge was nominated for Man Booker prize five times, but was unlucky to have missed it. She was still very happy and proud to have won the David Cohen Prize. After winning this award, she was compared to authors like Seamus Heaney, Harold Pinter and VS Naipaul.
She was also praised extensively by Scottish author, Laura Marney, who felt that her humble background may have led to her not winning the Booker prize. She also revealed that she is a big fan of the work of Bainbridge and feels that she did not get the kind of popularity that she deserved. She feels that the work of Bainbridge will be recognized in a better manner in the coming days.
Her biographer also confirmed that she was working on a new book, The Girl In ThePolka-Dot Dress.
Bainbridge was born in Liverpool in 1932, and also worked as a stage manager and an actress before becoming a writer. She also wrote columns for the Spectator and the Evening Standard.