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The Bookshop - Penelope Fitzgerald

Paperback Published: 31st January 2003
ISBN: 9780006543541
Number Of Pages: 176

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Shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop.

Hardborough becomes a battleground. Florence has tried to change the way things have always been done, and as a result, she has to take on not only the people who have made themselves important, but natural and even supernatural forces too. Her fate will strike a chord with anyone who knows that life has treated them with less than justice.

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'Its stylishness, and this low-voiced lack of emphasis are a pleasure throughout, its moral and human positions invariably sympathetic. But it is astringent too: no self-pity in its self-effacing heroine, who in a world of let-downs and put-downs and poltergeists, keeps her spirit bright and her book-stock miraculously dry in the damp, seeping East Anglian landscape.' Isabel Quigley, Financial Times 'Penelope Fitzgerald's resources of odd people are impressively rich. Raven, the marshman, who ropes Florence in to hang on to an old horse's tongue while he files the teeth; old Brundish, secretive as a badger, slow as a gorse bush. And this is not just a gallery of quirky still lives; these people appear in vignettes, wryly, even comically animated... On any reckoning, a marvellously piercing fiction.' Valentine Cunningham, TLS

ISBN: 9780006543541
ISBN-10: 0006543545
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 31st January 2003
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.0  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.13

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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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