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The Dressmaker by Beryl Bainbridge

The Dressmaker

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This wonderful novel showing Beryl Bainbridge at her darkly comic best - out for the first time as an Abacus paperback.

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The Dressmaker by Beryl Bainbridge

Wartime Liverpool is a place of ration books and jobs in munitions factories. Rita, living with her two aunts Nellie and Margo, is emotionally naive and withdrawn. When she meets Ira, a GI, at a neighbour's party she falls in love almost as much with the idea of life as a GI bride as with the man himself. But Nellie and Margo are not so blind ...


A magnificent book * New York Review of Books * A little triumph of economy, with pent thoughts and cramped emotions that whisper frantically on when the book is shut * Guardian * A chilly story written by a master hand * The Times * An impressive, haunting book...Like the better Hitchcock films, Beryl Bainbridge suggests a claustrophobic horror * Sunday Times *

About the Author

Beryl Bainbridge

Beryl Bainbridge wrote seventeen novels, two travel books and five plays for stage and television. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, she won literary awards including the Whitbread Prize and Author of the Year at the British Book Awards. She died in July 2010.

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Publication date

2nd September 2010


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Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group


192 pages


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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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