The Bookshop Paperback / softback
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.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 176 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 17/06/1996
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780006543541