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Offshore

by Penelope Fitzgerald

|October 2, 2009

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'Offshore' is a dry, genuinely funny novel, set among the houseboat community who rise and fall with the tide of the Thames on Battersea Reach. Living between land and water, they feel as if they belong to neither...Maurice, a male prostitute, is the…
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In eighteenth-century Germany, the impetuous student of philosophy who will later gain fame as the Romantic poet Novalis seeks his father's permission to wed his true philosophy -- a plain, simple child named Sophie. The attachment shocks his family and friends.…
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"A gem, a vintage narrative…a classic whose force as a piece of physical and moral map-making has not merely lasted but has actually improved in the passage of years." 'New York Times' In the small East Anglian coastal town of Hardborough, Florence Green…

Innocence

by Penelope Fitzgerald

|January 1, 1988

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Innocence is set in the 1950s, when Italy was picking up the pieces after the war. Chiara Ridolfi is the guileless daughter of a decrepit Italian family. Barney is her practical English girlfriend, who can sum up a man, she says, in one firm hand-grip. Salvatore…
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE Frank Reid had been born and brought up in Moscow. His father had emigrated there in the 1870s and started a print-works which, by 1913, had shrunk from what it was when Frank inherited it. In that same year, to add to his…
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The human voices of Penelope Fitzgerald's novel are those of the BBC in the first years of the Second World War, the time when the Concert Hall was turned into a dormitory for both sexes, the whole building became a target for enemy bombers, and in the BBC - as…
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From the Booker Prize-wining author of ‘Offshore’ and ‘the Blue Flower’ - this Booker Prize-shortlisted novel centres on Cambridge Fellow Fred Fairly’s search for a rational riposte to love. In 1912 Fred Fairly is a Junior Fellow at the college of St Angelicus in…

A Month in the Country

by J. Carr

|December 1, 2011

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In the summer of 1920 two men, both war survivors meet in the quiet English countryside. One is living in the church, intent upon uncovering and restoring an historical wall painting while the other camps in the next field in search of a lost grave.Out of their…
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The Blue Flower is set in the age of Goethe, in the small towns and great universities of late eighteenth-century Germany. It tells the true story of Friedrich von Hardenberg, a passionate, impetuous student of philosophy who will later gain fame as the romantic…
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The last book and only collection of short stories by Penelope Fitzgerald fittingly showcases her at her wisest, her funniest, her best. Like her novels, these stories are "mordantly funny, morally astute . . . [as] they plumb the endless absurdities of the human…
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In this generous posthumous collection of her literary essays, Penelope Fitzgerald explores what John Milton called the ``life beyond life' of writers-their afterlife in the hearts and minds of readers and in the imaginations of their critics and biographers.…
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Rien ne semble troubler la paix de Hardborough, aimable bourgade de l’East Anglia. Mais Florence Green, une jeune veuve, a décidé d’y ouvrir une librairie, ce qui déplaît aux notables de la ville. Florence voulait créer innocemment un lieu de sociabilité inédit ;…