Beryl Bainbridge was born in Liverpool, England. In 2008, The Times included Bainbridge in their list of the 10 greatest British writers since 1945.
The author of seventeen novels, two travel books and five plays for stage and television, she was shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, and won many literary awards, including the Whitbread Prize and the Author of the Year Award at the British Book Awards.
In 2011 the Man Booker Best of Beryl was awarded, to celebrate her multiple shortlistings and correct her ‘Booker bridesmaid’ status. Her novel Master Georgie won, by public vote.