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Master Georgie
  • ISBN: 9780349111698
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Little Brown
  • Binding: Paperback

Master Georgie

Beryl Bainbridge
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When Master Georgie – George Hardy, surgeon and photographer – sets off from the cold squalor of Victorian Liverpool for the heat and glitter of the Bosphorus to offer his services in the Crimea, there straggles behind him a small caravan of devoted followers.

Myrtle, his adoring adoptive sister; lapsed geologist Dr Potter; and photographer’s assistant and sometime fire-eater Pompey Jones, all of them driven onwards through a rising tide of death and disease by a shared and mysterious guilt. Combining a breathtaking eye for beauty with a visceral understanding of mortality, Beryl Bainbridge exposes her enigmatic hero as tenderly and unsparingly as she reveals the filth and misery of war, and creates a novel of luminous depth and extraordinary intensity.

‘Master Georgie’s many dramatic and gory scenes fade from the memory all that remains is intellectual satisfaction. This is the anti blockbuster – a true novelist’s novel.’ The Guardian



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I first met Beryl Bainbridge in 1982, when I went to interview her friend and editor Anna Haycraft for Books & Bookmen. I was later to discover that Beryl practically lived at the Haycrafts’ house...

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