In London, novelist Dame Beryl Bainbridge has died at the age of 75.
Her works included "The Dressmaker" and "Injury Time," and her 1989 novel "An Awfully Big Adventure" was made into a film starring Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant.
Her literary career began in 1967 with "A Weekend With Claude" - the story of a violent, predatory man. Its dark themes remained characteristic of her work. Bainbridge's 1978 book "Young Adolf" told the tale of a youthful Hitler working as a waiter in a hotel in Dame Beryl's home city of Liverpool.
She also wrote historical novels and newspaper columns and had been an actress before getting published as a writer.
The prolific, multi-award-winning novelist, passed away after suffering from cancer while working on her final novel, "The Girl in the Polka-Dot Dress."
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