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The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress

by Beryl Bainbridge

Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

LoveReading View on The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress

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.

The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress Synopsis

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.

The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress Press Reviews

'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

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780349121468
Publication date: 05/07/2012
Publisher: Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780316728485
Publication date: 26/05/2011
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780349121468
Publication date: 5th July 2012
Author: Beryl Bainbridge
Publisher: Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About 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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