Not every town without a bookshop necessarily wants one, as Florence soon discovers in this wise and funny gem from Penelope Fitzgerald.

In a small East Anglian coastal town, outsider Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop. 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 - on occasion supernatural - forces.

Shortlisted
The Booker Prize 1978
Published by
Duckworth
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Penelope Fitzgerald

Penelope Fitzgerald

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Penelope Fitzgerald was born in Lincoln, England. She was the author of nine novels, three of which were shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
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