Hidden Gems: Books Unjustly Dusty #11: Booker Bridesmaid
Novelist Beryl Bainbridge died this past July. The Man Booker Prize Foundation has created a special prize, and asks the public to vote which of her five shortlisted novels deserves the accolade Man Booker Best of Beryl.
Described as “slightly dotty” and having a “mordant wit” Bainbridge wrote several novels and a column in the London Evening Standard.
If you enjoy black humor and historical novels and don’t know about her, you have just hit the jackpot.
The Ann Arbor District Library has several of her titles: According to Queeney about the life and times of Dr. Samuel Johnson, An Awfully Big Adventure delves into 1950s Liverpool with a story of an aspiring actress, The Birthday Boys is her take on the doomed expedition to the South Pole in 1912 by Robert Scott, Every Man for Himself covers the Titanic disaster, and Master Georgie is a wonderful novel set during the Crimean War.