country of citizenship: United Kingdom
language of expression: English
educated at: Merchant Taylors' Girls' School, Tring Park School for the Performing Arts
occupation: actor, screenwriter, novelist, writer, artist
award received: Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, David Cohen Prize
Dame Beryl Margaret Bainbridge (21 November 1932 – 2 July 2010) was an English writer from Liverpool. She was primarily known for her works of psychological fiction, often macabre tales set among the English working class. Bainbridge won the Whitbread Awards prize for best novel in 1977 and 1996; she was nominated five times for the Booker Prize. She was described in 2007 by Charlotte Higgins as "a national treasure". In 2008, The Times named Bainbridge on their list of "The 10 greatest British writers since 1945".
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