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1996 Costa Winner

Every Man For Himself by Beryl Bainbridge


Publisher: Carroll & Graf

Length: 224 pages

About: Titanic's maiden voyage from the inside






Publisher’s synopsis:

In her latest novel, the author of The Birthday Boys dramatizes the night of April 15, 1912, when 1,500 people lost their lives after the world's greatest luxury liner--the invincible Titanic--sank on her miaden voyage.



The night was so still, the sea so calm, the moment so out of step with the catastrophe in progress that I . . . fluttered the fingers of my raised hand as though we were both guests at a social function.'' In a strange way, they are: the death rites not only for a ship but for an entire way of life.



Good is difficult to imagine a more engrossing account of the famous shipwreck than this one.

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The New York Times, Janet Kaye, December 22nd 1996


Not so good

Bainbridge doesn't always find the perfect balance between Morgan's introspective story (only intermittently affecting) and the familiar Titanic epic, and this lacks the gripping quality of her finest historical fictions (Young Adolf, 1979; The Birthday Boys, 1994).

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Kirkus Review, 1st November 1996


About the author

21 November 1932 – 2 July 2010. Beryl Bainbridge was born in Liverpool and raised in nearby Formby.

In (1954), Beryl married artist Austin Davies. The two divorced soon after, leaving Bainbridge a single mother of two children. She later had a third child by Alan Sharp, the actress Rudi Davies. In 1958, she attempted suicide by putting her head in a gas oven. Bainbridge spent her early years working as an actress, and she appeared in one 1961 episode of the soap opera Coronation Street playing an anti-nuclear protester.
From the 1970s she started writing many novels see below. From the 1990s, Bainbridge also served as a theatre critic for the monthly magazine The Oldie. Her reviews rarely contained negative content, and were usually published after the play had closed.
In 2000, she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE). In June 2001, Bainbridge was awarded an honorary degree by the Open University as Doctor of the University.[citation needed] In 2003, she was awarded the David Cohen Prize for Literature together with Thom Gunn. In 2005, the British Library acquired many of Bainbridge's private letters and diaries.In 2011, she was posthumously awarded a special honour by the Booker Prize committee.








































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2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner

It's a massive day in arts and journalism because the 100th annual Pulitzer Prize winners were just announced, and there's a big surprise. 2015's best artistic and nonfiction writing across 21 categories were recognized during a ceremony Monday afternoon at Columbia University in New York City. The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Hebert Bayward Swope, a reporter for The New York World, in 1916. (And if you're as big a fan of Newsies as I am, that paper should ring a bell, but try to think of it more positively.)

The major prize for book nerds, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction went to The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press), a legitimate surprise, if you've been paying attention to the book nerd and industry buzz. The feeling around the prize in the last few months would have you putting all your hard-earned cash down on A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara to take home the award, but that's why you should never gamble. Viet Thanh Nguyen is no less deserving, and moreover, it's his debut novel, which makes it such a wonderful win.

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