“Beryl Bainbridge has writers’ block. (You’d think, wouldn’t you, that after 17 novels she’d have got the hang of it?) The problem, it seems, has been the title. It has taken her two years to get it right. For a while it was called The Might Have Been: a perfectly good title; nicely intriguing, with a hint of her trademark wry humour. But she wasn’t happy with it. So the rest of the book had to wait until she was.” Debbie Taylor
Here are some titles of her novels
The Girl with the Polka Dot Dress
An Awfully Big Adventure
Every Man for Himself
A Quiet Life
A Weekend with Claude
” I don’t mind working in a bit of clutter. It’s your mind that has to be clear.”
Photographer: Eamonn Mccabe
For those of you who want to know more about this five time shortlisted for the Booker Prize novelist The Paris Review has a wonderful interview with Beryl Brainbridge.
Go to Lovereading for short descriptions of her novels.
Also make sure to check out mslexia magazine for more on Berly Brainbridge and her writing process. And while you’re there you might want to browse the magazine. It’s pretty awesome:)
What are your thoughts on her book titles?
How much does a title influence whether you’ll pick up a book or not?