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'Magnificent' Bainbridge 'had insight into humanity'

The novelist Beryl Bainbridge, who died last year, was sometimes known as the "the Booker Bridesmaid", as she was shortlisted five times for the prize, but never actually won.

Her friend, the writer AN Wilson, explains why organisers set up a one-off Man Booker Best of Beryl prize, in which the public vote on their favourite of her novels.

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