In Penelope Fitzgerald’s historical novel, two strangers wake up in the same bed after a bicycle crash. Complications, of both heart and head, ensue.

In 1912 Fred Fairly is a Junior Fellow at the college of St Angelicus in Cambridge. He lectures in physics and worries about the universal problem known as ‘the absurdity of the Mind-Body relationship’. The young woman beside him when he wakes up one evening in the Wrayburns’ spare bedroom might help to resolve it, but how can he tell if she is quite what she seems? Fred is a scientist. To him the truth should be everything, and indeed he thinks it is. But scientists make mistakes.

The Booker Prize 1990
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Penelope Fitzgerald

Penelope Fitzgerald

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The novelist and biographer Penelope Fitzgerald won the Booker Prize in 1979 with Offshore before executing a poacher-turned-gamekeeper u-turn and joining the 1991 judging panel.
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The Beginning of Spring
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