Category: Fiction / General
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 5 July 2012
Number of pages: 240
In the summer of 1968, Rose sets off for the United States from Kentish Town; in her suitcase a polka-dot dress and a one-way ticket. Together with the sinister man known only as Washington Harold, she goes in search of the charismatic and elusive Dr Wheeler - the man Rose credits with rescuing her from a terrible childhood, and against whom Harold nurses a silent grudge. As the odd couple journey across an America on the brink of paranoid disintegration, their journey mirrors that of Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign. As they draw ever closer to the elusive Dr Wheeler, one hot day in June at the Ambassador Hotel in LA, their search finally reaches its terrible climax.
What the papers say:
'Ranks among the finest of Bainbridge's fine works of fiction ... Sombre, terrifying and hilarious' -- Paul Bailey Independent 'A tour de force ... the comedy is marvellously black' -- Mark Bostridge Financial Times 'The Girl in the Polka-dot Dress is very gripping, very funny and deeply mysterious ... Washington Harold is a superbly self-preoccupied monster, one of Bainbridge's best creations' A -- A. N. Wilson Spectator 'Blazes with Bainbridge's unique talent ... The Girl in the Polka-dot Dress is a superb and memorable work of fiction' -- Melvyn Bragg Observer
Beryl Bainbridge wrote seventeen novels, two travel books and five plays for stage and television, she was shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, and won literary awards including the Whitbread Prize and the Author of the Year Award at the British Book Awards. She died in July 2010.
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