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The Girl In The Polka Dot Dress

ebook / ISBN-13: 9780748125753

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In the summer of 1968, Rose sets off for the United States from Kentish Town; in her suitcase a polka-dot dress and a one-way ticket. Together with the sinister man known only as Washington Harold, she goes in search of the charismatic and elusive Dr Wheeler – the man Rose credits with rescuing her from a terrible childhood, and against whom Harold nurses a silent grudge.

As the odd couple journey across an America on the brink of paranoid disintegration, their journey mirrors that of Robert Kennedy’s presidential campaign. As they draw ever closer to the elusive Dr Wheeler, one hot day in June at the Ambassador Hotel in LA, their search finally reaches its terrible climax.


Ranks among the finest of Bainbridge's fine works of fiction . . . Sombre, terrifying and hilarious
Paul Bailey, Independent
A tour de force . . . the comedy is marvellously black
Mark Bostridge, Financial Times
The Girl in the Polka-dot Dress is very gripping, very funny and deeply mysterious . . . Washington Harold is a superbly self-preoccupied monster, one of Bainbridge's best creations
A. N. Wilson, Spectator
Blazes with Bainbridge's unique talent . . . The Girl in the Polka-dot Dress is a superb and memorable work of fiction
Melvyn Bragg, Observer