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The new and last Beryl Bainbridge is a double murder mystery and a bittersweet masterpiece of the kind with which she has made her reputation.
In the summer of 1968, Rose sets off for the United States from Kentish Town; in her suitcase a polka-dot dress and a one-way ticket. Together with the sinister man known only as Washington Harold, she goes in search of the charismatic and elusive Dr Wheeler - the man Rose credits with rescuing her from a terrible childhood, and against whom Harold nurses a silent grudge. As the odd couple journey across an America on the brink of paranoid disintegration, their journey mirrors that of Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign. As they draw ever closer to the elusive Dr Wheeler, one hot day in June at the Ambassador Hotel in LA, their search finally reaches its terrible climax.
'Ranks among the finest of Bainbridge's fine works of fiction ... Sombre, terrifying and hilarious'
Paul Bailey Independent
'A tour de force ... the comedy is marvellously black'
Mark Bostridge Financial Times
'The Girl in the Polka-dot Dress is very gripping, very funny and deeply mysterious ... Washington Harold is a superbly self-preoccupied monster, one of Bainbridge's best creations'
- A. N. Wilson Spectator
'Blazes with Bainbridge's unique talent ... The Girl in the Polka-dot Dress is a superb and memorable work of fiction'
Melvyn Bragg, Observer
Publication date: 05/07/2012
Publisher: Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 26/05/2011
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
|Publication date:||5th July 2012|
|Publisher:||Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
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.More About Beryl Bainbridge