Beryl Bainbridge Papers

Scope and Content

Correspondence and papers of Beryl Bainbridge (b.1934), DBE, author. Partly copies, drafts and autograph.

Includes drafts and research notes for both her published and unpublished works. Items throughout her papers have been annotated with notes connecting Bainbridge's acquaintances and the events in her life with the characters and scenes in her novels. The archive also contains a significant amount of material shedding light on Bainbridge's relationship with her publisher, Gerald Duckworth and Co.


British Library arrangement. Classified as follows:

  • A. Correspondence: 83729-83734
  • B. Professional Papers: 83735-83737
  • C. Juvenilia: 83738-83745
  • D. Drafts of Novels, Short Stories and Works of Non-fiction, with Related Research Files and Notes: 83746-83779
  • E. Playscripts, Screenplays and Related Material: 83780-83792
  • F. Notebooks and Files containing Drafts of Multiple Works: 83793-83800
  • G. Press Cuttings: 83801-83815
  • H. Journals: 83816-83821
  • I. Photographs: 83822-83826
  • J. Miscellaneous: 83827-83829

Access Information


Not Public Record(s)

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Bainbridge through Bernard Quaritch Ltd in 2005

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements


Related Material

Further material relating to Bainbridge is held in The British Library Sound Archive and includes performances given and programmes presented by her and readings from her work.