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October 20, 2012 / peoplesbookprize

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Peoples book prizeDame Beryl Bainbridge, who died in London on 2 July 2010, was TPBP’s  Founding Patron.  This famous personality in the literary world will be greatly missed but will remain an inspiration to us all. Dame Beryl’s great support to The People’s Book Prize has been of immense value to us.   In recognition to Dame Beryl, TPBP will have her as the Founding Patron and no other.  TPBP will be a tribute to Dame Beryl and her legacy.

Her warm words at TPBP’s launch will continue to guide us forward.

Something like this, this idea — which is absolutely amazing – once it takes off, it will be of enormous importance to writers. I look forward to the time when we mention this particular prize as the greatest – and look back – and remember I was at the meeting at the London Book Fair and think where it has gone!  So I wish it tremendously good luck.”

A renowned novelist, doyenne of British literature and best-selling author, Dame Beryl Bainbridge was a household name. A brilliant writer, famous for stories of working-class families and, more recently, compact historical novels, Bainbridge’s last work yet to be published will be a gift to us all.   During her illustrious career, Dame Beryl won the Whitbread novel award twice and was nominated five times for the Booker Prize.
Several of her novels have been made into films. Her experiences in the theatre formed the basis of An Awfully Big Adventure, with Hugh Grant starring in the film. Many others followed, including Sweet William and The Dressmaker.

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