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Tributes paid to Dame Beryl Bainbridge.

Summary: Tributes from the literary world poured in today for novelist Dame Beryl Bainbridge, who died this morning at the age of 77.

Tributes from the literary world have poured in for novelist Dame Beryl Bainbridge, who has died at the age of 77.

The author, whose acclaimed works included An Awfully Big Adventure and Master Georgie, died at a London hospital at around 2am on Friday after a short battle with cancer.

Sir Michael Holroyd, Dame Beryl's biographer, said she should be remembered as one of the greats of British literature.

She did not win the Man Booker Prize despite being shortlisted five times, but she did win the David Cohen Prize, putting her alongside literary heavyweights like Seamus Heaney, Harold Pinter and VS Naipaul, who also won Nobel prizes for literature.

Liverpool-born Dame Beryl had been working on a new book, The Girl In The Polka-Dot Dress, her first since the publication of According To Queeney in 2001. The new novel focused on the assassination of Bobby Kennedy.

The author, a smoker for much of her life, had previously been treated for cancer in 2006.

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Date:Jul 6, 2010
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