Penelope Fitzgerald’s Offshore was based on her real experiences living on a boat. Find out more about the book, and hear from the Man Booker Prize-winner who loves it, here.
Penelope Fitzgerald, winner of the 1979 Booker Prize
Penelope Fitzgerald was born in Lincoln, England. She was the author of nine novels, three of which were shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
Her Booker-shortlisted novels were The Bookshop, The Beginning of Spring and The Gate of Angels. 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 19 times as Book of the Year. A superb biographer and critic, she was also the author of lives of the artist Edward Burne-Jones, the poet Charlotte Mew and wrote The Knox Brothers - a study of her remarkable father Edmund Knox, editor of Punch, and his equally remarkable brothers.