The girl in the polka dot dress - Beryl Bainbridge in General Fiction Posted January 30, 2020 · Report reply Having read and enjoyed all 18 of Beryl Bainbridge's novels - in the order they were written - I am confused by her (sadly) final book - The Girl In The Polka Dot Dress. Do some of the characters and incidents appear in some of the early novels? 1. Rose's mother and father also appear in - A Quite Life - father in his beret sitting by the fire and mother reading library books at the railway station. 2. Dr and Mrs Wheelers "sofa antics" also occurs in - Harriet Said? Has anyone else noticed this or is it just me? Yours confused!!!!