Beryl Bainbridge - Love By All Sorts Of Means

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012016090520160906 (R4)

A biography of the novelist who denied that she ever wrote fiction, maintaining that her books were based on her experiences. "What is more peculiar, more riveting, devious and horrific than real life?" she said.

But while her own life was the primary source for her books, she was never afraid of adding a little colour.

Episode 1: The early years at Formby.

The author Brendan King is a freelance translator, editor and reviewer, with a special interest in late nineteenth century French literature. He completed his PhD on Joris-Karl Huysmans' life and work at Birkbeck College, London, in 2004.

Between 1987 and 2010, King worked for Beryl Bainbridge, and helped prepare a number of the novels she wrote during this period for publication, including the book she was working on at the time of her death, The Girl in the Polka-dot Dress, which was published posthumously.

Readers:

Narrator....................James Fleet

Beryl Bainbridge........Samantha Bond

Author: Brendan King

Abridger: Pete Nichols

Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

012016090520160906 (R4)

A biography of the novelist who denied that she ever wrote fiction, maintaining that her books were based on her experiences. "What is more peculiar, more riveting, devious and horrific than real life?" she said.

But while her own life was the primary source for her books, she was never afraid of adding a little colour.

Episode 1: The early years at Formby.

The author Brendan King is a freelance translator, editor and reviewer, with a special interest in late nineteenth century French literature. He completed his PhD on Joris-Karl Huysmans' life and work at Birkbeck College, London, in 2004.

Between 1987 and 2010, King worked for Beryl Bainbridge, and helped prepare a number of the novels she wrote during this period for publication, including the book she was working on at the time of her death, The Girl in the Polka-dot Dress, which was published posthumously.

Readers:

Narrator....James Fleet

Beryl Bainbridge....Samantha Bond

Author: Brendan King

Abridger: Pete Nichols

Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

022016090620160907 (R4)

Brendan King relates Bainbridge's time working as an actress.

A biography of the novelist who denied that she ever wrote fiction, maintaining that her books were based on her experiences. "What is more peculiar, more riveting, devious and horrific than real life?" she said.

But while her own life was the primary source for her books, she was never afraid of adding a little colour.

Episode 2: Swept up by the stage.

The author Brendan King is a freelance translator, editor and reviewer, with a special interest in late nineteenth century French literature. He completed his PhD on Joris-Karl Huysmans' life and work at Birkbeck College, London, in 2004.

Between 1987 and 2010, King worked for Beryl Bainbridge, and helped prepare for publication a number of the novels she wrote during this period, including the book she was working on at the time of her death, The Girl in the Polka-dot Dress, which was published posthumously.

Readers:

Narrator....James Fleet

Beryl Bainbridge....Samantha Bond

Author: Brendan King

Abridger: Pete Nichols

Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

022016090620160907 (R4)

Brendan King relates Bainbridge's time working as an actress.

A biography of the novelist who denied that she ever wrote fiction, maintaining that her books were based on her experiences. "What is more peculiar, more riveting, devious and horrific than real life?" she said.

But while her own life was the primary source for her books, she was never afraid of adding a little colour.

Episode 2: Swept up by the stage.

The author Brendan King is a freelance translator, editor and reviewer, with a special interest in late nineteenth century French literature. He completed his PhD on Joris-Karl Huysmans' life and work at Birkbeck College, London, in 2004.

Between 1987 and 2010, King worked for Beryl Bainbridge, and helped prepare for publication a number of the novels she wrote during this period, including the book she was working on at the time of her death, The Girl in the Polka-dot Dress, which was published posthumously.

Readers:

Narrator....................James Fleet

Beryl Bainbridge........Samantha Bond

Author: Brendan King

Abridger: Pete Nichols

Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

03Life With Austin2016090720160908 (R4)

An account of Beryl Bainbridge's short-lived marriage to artist Austin Davies.

A biography of the novelist who denied that she ever wrote fiction, maintaining that her books were based on her experiences. "What is more peculiar, more riveting, devious and horrific than real life?" she said.

But while her own life was the primary source for her books, she was never afraid of adding a little colour.

Episode 3: Life with Austin.

The author Brendan King is a freelance translator, editor and reviewer, with a special interest in late nineteenth century French literature. He completed his PhD on Joris-Karl Huysmans' life and work at Birkbeck College, London, in 2004.

Between 1987 and 2010, King worked for Beryl Bainbridge, and helped prepare a number of the novels she wrote during this period for publication, including the book she was working on at the time of her death, The Girl in the Polka-dot Dress, which was published posthumously.

Readers:

Narrator....James Fleet

Beryl Bainbridge....Samantha Bond

Author: Brendan King

Abridger: Pete Nichols

Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

04When Beryl Met Alan2016090820160909 (R4)

Brendan King gives an account of Beryl Bainbridge's relationship with writer Alan Sharp.

A biography of the novelist who denied that she ever wrote fiction, maintaining that her books were based on her experiences. "What is more peculiar, more riveting, devious and horrific than real life?" she said.

But while her own life was the primary source for her books, she was never afraid of adding a little colour.

Episode 4: When Beryl met Alan.

The author Brendan King is a freelance translator, editor and reviewer, with a special interest in late nineteenth century French literature. He completed his PhD on Joris-Karl Huysmans' life and work at Birkbeck College, London, in 2004.

Between 1987 and 2010, King worked for Beryl Bainbridge, and helped prepare a number of the novels she wrote during this period for publication, including the book she was working on at the time of her death, The Girl in the Polka-dot Dress, which was published posthumously.

Readers:

Narrator....James Fleet

Beryl Bainbridge....Samantha Bond

Author: Brendan King

Abridger: Pete Nichols

Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

04When Beryl Met Alan2016090820160909 (R4)

Brendan King gives an account of Beryl Bainbridge's relationship with writer Alan Sharp.

A biography of the novelist who denied that she ever wrote fiction, maintaining that her books were based on her experiences. "What is more peculiar, more riveting, devious and horrific than real life?" she said.

But while her own life was the primary source for her books, she was never afraid of adding a little colour.

Episode 4: When Beryl met Alan.

The author Brendan King is a freelance translator, editor and reviewer, with a special interest in late nineteenth century French literature. He completed his PhD on Joris-Karl Huysmans' life and work at Birkbeck College, London, in 2004.

Between 1987 and 2010, King worked for Beryl Bainbridge, and helped prepare a number of the novels she wrote during this period for publication, including the book she was working on at the time of her death, The Girl in the Polka-dot Dress, which was published posthumously.

Readers:

Narrator....................James Fleet

Beryl Bainbridge........Samantha Bond

Author: Brendan King

Abridger: Pete Nichols

Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

052016090920160910 (R4)

An accidental meeting sets Beryl on the path to success.

A biography of the novelist who denied that she ever wrote fiction, maintaining that her books were based on her experiences. "What is more peculiar, more riveting, devious and horrific than real life?" she said.

But while her own life was the primary source for her books, she was never afraid of adding a little colour.

Episode 5: An accidental meeting sets Beryl on the path to success.

The author Brendan King is a freelance translator, editor and reviewer, with a special interest in late nineteenth century French literature. He completed his PhD on Joris-Karl Huysmans' life and work at Birkbeck College, London, in 2004.

Between 1987 and 2010, King worked for Beryl Bainbridge, and helped prepare a number of the novels she wrote during this period for publication, including the book she was working on at the time of her death, The Girl in the Polka-dot Dress, which was published posthumously.

Readers:

Narrator....James Fleet

Beryl Bainbridge....Samantha Bond

Author: Brendan King

Abridger: Pete Nichols

Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

052016090920160910 (R4)

An accidental meeting sets Beryl on the path to success.

A biography of the novelist who denied that she ever wrote fiction, maintaining that her books were based on her experiences. "What is more peculiar, more riveting, devious and horrific than real life?" she said.

But while her own life was the primary source for her books, she was never afraid of adding a little colour.

Episode 5: An accidental meeting sets Beryl on the path to success.

The author Brendan King is a freelance translator, editor and reviewer, with a special interest in late nineteenth century French literature. He completed his PhD on Joris-Karl Huysmans' life and work at Birkbeck College, London, in 2004.

Between 1987 and 2010, King worked for Beryl Bainbridge, and helped prepare a number of the novels she wrote during this period for publication, including the book she was working on at the time of her death, The Girl in the Polka-dot Dress, which was published posthumously.

Readers:

Narrator....................James Fleet

Beryl Bainbridge........Samantha Bond

Author: Brendan King

Abridger: Pete Nichols

Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.