THE GIRL IN THE POLKA [...]; books.
THE GIRL IN THE POLKA DOT DRESS BY BERYL BAINBRIDGE (Little, Brown, pounds 16.99) LAST year the literary world lost a doyenne of contemporary fiction to cancer, but Beryl Bainbridge showed no signs of waning when completing her swansong. The result is an uncompromising novel that begs pardon to American history by marrying a road trip across the States with the spirit of a typically English outing. Young Londoner called Rose arrives in the US in the summer of 1968 to meet her contact, Washington Harold. They are both in search of the almost mythical Dr Wheeler, who is part of Robert Kennedy's entourage. A thought-provoking read.