Synopses & Reviews
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, along with new cover art.
"A beautiful book, a perfect little gem." Kaleidoscope, BBC
“A marvelously piercing fiction.” Times Literary Supplement
“Belongs in the first flight of English novelists writing today.” Boston Globe
About the Author
Penelope Fitzgerald (1916-2000) was one of the most elegant and distinctive voices in British fiction. She won the National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction for The Blue Flower, the Booker Prize for Offshore, and three of her novels — The Bookshop, The Gate of Angels, and The Beginning of Spring — were short-listed for the Booker Prize.