The death of British novelist Beryl Bainbridge (1932-2010) this month was particularly resonant with CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells. Beryl was the first person Richard interviewed in his former career as a radio producer. She was recording a television series re-creating JB Priestley’s English Journey, and Richard’s interview was itself filmed and became part of the broadcast programme. A dusty VHS provides the evidence. Somewhere. Dame Beryl was nominated five times for the Booker Prize and won the Whitbread in 1977 and 1996. She is a great loss to the British literary scene.