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At Freddies - Penelope Fitzgerald

Paperback Published: 10th January 1998
ISBN: 9780006542551
Number Of Pages: 256

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Penelope Fitzgerald's brilliant novel about life at an eccentric stage school.

In the 1960s, Freddie's was the usual name for the Temple Stage School, which supplied the West End theatres with children for roles in everything from Shakespeare to pantomime. Freddie, the proprietress, is a formidable woman, of unknown age and provenance. But everybody who is anybody claims to know her. By sheer force of character and single-minded thrust she has turned herself into a national institution.

This story of what happened at Freddie's is not only for theatre-lovers, but for people who care about children or hate them, or were – once upon a time – children themselves. In particular, it is for those of us who sometimes pretend to be what we are not – that is to say, act a little.

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'A jewel of a book' Daily Mail 'The wit is crisp and dry, scenes and characters are deftly skewered. Whether you view the theatre as a noble passion or a wasting disease, you are equally certain to be regaled.' Guardian 'Enjoy the knowingness of the awful children, the weary fumblings of the professional actors, the constant witticisms at the expense of pretentious directors. An enjoyable, sharp novel...a delicious refreshment.' Margaret Forster

ISBN: 9780006542551
ISBN-10: 0006542557
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 10th January 1998
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.5  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.12

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Penelope Fitzgerald

About the Author


Penelope Fitzgerald was one of the most elegant and distinctive voices in British fiction. Three of her novels, The Bookshop, The Beginning of Spring and The Gate of Angels, have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She won the Prize in 1979 for Offshore. Her last novel, The Blue Flower, was the most admired novel of 1995, chosen no fewer than nineteen times in the press as the ′Book of the Year′. It won America′s National Book Critics′ Circle Award, and this helped to introduce her to a wider international readership. She died in April 2000, at the age of eighty-three.

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