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Master Georgie wins Man Booker Best of Beryl prize

20th April 2011

Dame Beryl Bainbridge's book Master Georgie has won the Man Booker Best of Beryl prize after the public voted it their favourite novel out of the author's other previously shortlisted works.

Bainbridge was in the running for the Booker prize on five separate occasions, but never managed to secure the top accolade.

The book was originally shortlisted in 1998, but Bainbridge was pipped to the post by Ian McEwan, who won the competition with his morality tale Amsterdam.

Master Georgie beat Bainbridge's Every Man For Himself, which was shortlisted in 1996, by a handful of votes to scoop the retrospective Best of Beryl title.

Ion Trewin, the literary prize's director and brains behind the Best of Beryl accolade, said: '[I am] delighted to be able, finally, to crown Master Georgie a Booker bride.'

The prize was accepted by Bainbridge's daughter Jojo Davies and grandson Charlie Russell.

During her lifetime, Bainbridge won the Whitbread Awards prize for best novel twice.

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