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The Bookshop (Paperback, Reissue) Loot Price: R177
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The Bookshop (Paperback, Reissue)

Penelope Fitzgerald

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On the heels of The Blue Flower (1997), hem's a slighter, equally charming, half as deep little novel - about snobbery and meanness in the provinces - that the immensely gifted Fitzgerald published in England in 1978. It's 1959, and the "small, wispy and wiry" Florence Green, a widow and middle-aged, wants to open a bookshop in the little, bleak, remote, sea-swept East Anglian town of Hardborough. And so she borrows money to buy her stock and, as a place to house both it and herself, the High Street building known as Old House, over half a millennium old and faultless except for being damp and haunted. But as Mr. Raven, the marshman, says, Florence "don't frighten," which is why he has her hold onto a horse's tongue while he files its teeth. What Florence hasn't counted on, though, is the studied malevolence of Hardborough's social illuminary and civic leader, Mrs. Gamart, who now says she wanted Old House for an "arts centre." And things, indeed, start going wrong for Florence - not from the real ghost, who seems frightening but harmless, but from inexplicable changes in statute, policy, and law. When Florence is tipped off by a slippery ex-BBC employee that she ought to stock Lolita, she questions only whether it's a "good book" - and so she asks the town's one true aristocrat, the dour Edmund Brundish, veteran of WW I. He says it's good (though he dies soon after), but Florence's troubles still grow only worse, both before and after Nabokov sells out. Readers will learn the sorry end, while enjoying on the way a wondrous cast of townsfolk, including Florence's assistant, the sweetly tough Christine Gipping, who, at 11, as Florence says, "has the ability to classify, and that can't be taught," though she does make an error (true human style) that costs dear. Pitch-perfect in every tone, note, and detail: unflinching, humane, and wonderful. (Kirkus Reviews)
Penelope Fitzgerald's wonderful Booker-nominated novel. This, Penelope Fitzgerald's second novel, was her first to be shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It is set in a small East Anglian coastal town, where Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop. 'She had a kind heart, but that is not much use when it comes to the matter of self-preservation.' Hardborough becomes a battleground, as small towns so easily do. 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. This is a story for anyone who knows that life has treated them with less than justice.

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Imprint: Flamingo
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: June 1996
Authors: Penelope Fitzgerald
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 12mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - B-format
Pages: 156
Edition: Reissue
ISBN-13: 978-0-00-654354-1
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
LSN: 0-00-654354-5
Barcode: 9780006543541

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