The book that finally won Beryl Bainbridge a Booker prize: by popular vote the Best of Beryl. Beryl Bainbridge’s most popular novel explores the nature of love and obsession, as foster child Myrtle follows Master Georgie from the slums of 19th century Liverpool to the battlefields of the Crimea, where tragedy ensues.
"Brutal, finely rendered but why abridged?"
The Whitbread Novel of the Year, read by the winner of the Sony Radio Award. A sophisticated look at the passions and intrigues, hopes and fears of the doomed souls who boarded the Titanic for her final, fateful voyage.
A wonderful, immaculately researched novel that brings Dr Johnson, his friends, and his times to life. Beryl Bainbridge’s novel is a masterly evocation of the last years of Dr Johnson, arguably Britain’s greatest Man of Letters. The time is the 1770s and 1780s and Johnson, having completed his life’s major work (he compiled the first ever Dictionary of the English language) is running an increasingly chaotic life. Torn between his strict morality and his undeclared passion for Mrs Thrale, the wife of an old friend, According to Queeney reveals one of Britain’s most wonderful characters in all his wit and glory.