Waterstones Liverpool and Bloomsbury Press has invited Dr Mari Hughes-Edwards, Reader in English Literature at Edge Hill University, to interview author, editor and Beryl Bainbridge‘s former friend and private secretary Brendan King (above) in their flagship Liverpool 1 store as he reads from and discusses his Radio 4 Book of the Week, Beryl Bainbridge – Love By All Sorts of Means, the first ever full biography of the seminal Liverpool novelist.
A unique voice in fiction, and unforgettable in person, Beryl Bainbridge was famous for her gregarious drinking habits and her unconventional lifestyle. Yet underneath the public image of a quirky eccentric lay a complex and sometimes traumatic private life that she rarely talked about and which was often only hinted at in her novels. Brendan King draws on a mass of unpublished letters and diaries to reveal the real woman behind the popular image.
Brendan King worked for Bainbridge between 1987 and 2010, and even helped prepare her final novel The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress for publication after her death. The event is a unique chance to explore the literary legacy of, and share memorable and personal anecdotes about, one of the most intriguing writers of the last century.
Please note that this event will take place at Waterstones, Liverpool One, School Lane, Liverpool L1 3DL.