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Beryl Bainbridge RIP: Foolish To Give Up Sex At 60

by | 2nd, July 2010

IT’S s oooo typical of novelist Dame Beryl Bainbridge to die on a Friday.

If you’d asked me before she passed away (in the early hours of this morning) which day of the week was she likely to light up her last ever fag, I’d have said a Friday. She was a funny awkward thing, peculiar like her face, forever dropping bricks. So thank you Beryl for adding to the flight-or-Friday burden and annoying every obit ed in the land (do see my gorgeous piece in the current issue of  Eulogy on obituarists) that’s the weekend packages scrapped!

I got to know Beryl through my late friend, the travel writer Robert Tewdwr Moss whose two killers may be released this year: I’ll say more about this sometime else. When I features edited Woman’s Journal many years ago, I sent him to profile the comic novelist and the result was arch, precise and hysterical. Two very baroque personalities bonded in a juiceless mutual admiration society both quite skeletally thin by the way; and I always knew when he’d been to see Beryl for he’d return matted in cat fur: like a good many lady novelists (and Robert), Beryl loved a pussy or two, and saw no reason to clean up after the narcissistic, me-me-moi mogs. I’d sneeze a lot and become irritable.

Beryl had an obsession with teeth; I’m thinking of this as I write because I have just returned from my dental hygienist she would have loved gazing into my gaping (fresh) mouth, and she certainly adored visiting the Army Dental Museum at Aldershot, and would revel in toothy detail, just as Madame Arcati can deconstruct a stranger’s cock. The literary mind tends to focus on singularities, you see; but in a blog one cannot delve too deeply. Just surf.

Friends of Bainbridge were never more appalled than when

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