The Dressmaker by Beryl Bainbridge 1st / 1st 1973
First edition and first print published by Duckworth in 1973. This is a very good + copy. The wrapper has some rubbing to the top of the spine and to the corner tips. There is a gentle crease line to the front panel. The wrapper is not price clipped. The book is also very presentable with very little handling wear. There is a smattering of foxing marks to the top text block. Overall a very good + copy.
The novel was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Like many of Bainbridge's earlier works, the novel is semi-autobiographical. In particular, the story was inspired by a relationship that she had with a soldier as a teenager. The characters of Nellie and Margo were based upon two of her paternal aunts. Set in Liverpool and Lancashire during World War II, a repressed dressmaker and her sister struggle looking after their 17-year-old niece, who is having an affair with an American soldier.