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Publisher Description

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING EMILY MORTIMER, BILL NIGHY, AND PATRICIA CLARKSON 

Short-listed for the Booker Prize
“A beautiful book, a perfect little gem.” — BBC Kaleidoscope
“A marvelously piercing fiction.” —
Times Literary Supplement

In 1959 Florence Green, a kindhearted widow with a small inheritance, risks everything to open a bookshop — the only bookshop — in the seaside town of Hardborough. By making a success of a business so impractical, she invites the hostility of the town's less prosperous shopkeepers. By daring to enlarge her neighbors’ lives, she crosses Mrs. Gamart, the local arts doyenne. Florence’s warehouse leaks, her cellar seeps, and the shop is apparently haunted. Only too late does she begin to suspect the truth: a town that lacks a bookshop isn’t always a town that wants one.

This new edition features an introduction by David Nicholls, author of One Day.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
1997
September 15
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
128
Pages
PUBLISHER
HMH Books
SELLER
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
SIZE
2.7
MB

Customer Reviews

G of Maine ,

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rokinrev ,

A slice of English seaside village mores in a changing world

"Expectations are constantly denied, explanations withheld."

This tiny book, championed by many, tells the story of widowed Mrs Green, who takes her life savings and opens a small bookstore in a town where a bookstore might not be the best investment. When she was young, she had been a good clerk in a thriving bookstore, and perhaps now that she was alone again she might be grasping at happiness in opening one in an older run down building, sticking it at first with the remnants of a now closed bookstore.

The "powers that be" in this seaside village liked things as they were and consciously or perhaps unconsciously they turn the tide, forcing the shop closure. This is not a spoiler, more a death, and not the first or last we see.

Penelope Fitzgerald was known in her life to "champion the underdog" and this small book which can be read in a few hours reflects that. And that is one reason I will seek out her other books and go see the movie when/if it comes here. Recommended 4/5

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