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Booker Prize launched in honour of Beryl Bainbridge

8th February 2011

A special prize to honour 'Booker bridesmaid' Dame Beryl Bainbridge has been announced by the Booker Prize Foundation.

The late novelist was shortlisted for the Booker Prize on five occasions but failed to take home the accolade. However, the new Man Booker Best of Beryl award will ask the public which of her novels deserves to win the honour.

From today, the public can vote for their favourite Booker-shortlisted work by Bainbridge, choosing from The Dressmaker, The Bottle Factory Outing, An Awfully Big Adventure, Every Man for Himself and Master Georgie.

Ion Trewin, literary director of the Man Booker Prizes, said that the foundation is 'delighted' to be able to finally award the novelist a Booker prize.

'Dame Beryl was a very gracious non-winner and no Man Booker dinner was complete without her,' he commented.

Jojo Davies, the writer's daughter, added: 'Beryl did want to win the Booker very much, despite her protests to the contrary.'

Last year, Troubles by J.G. Farrell won the Lost Man Booker Prize, which was a one-off award to recognise novels that were missed off the honour's shortlist because of a change to its rules in 1970.
 

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