Penelope Fitzgerald?s short stories - with two new stories, one previously unpublished, not included in the hardback.
Penelope Fitzgerald was one of the most highly-regarded writers on the English literary scene. Apart from Iris Murdoch no other writer has been shortlisted for the Booker more often than Penelope Fitzgerald. Her last novel, The Blue Flower, was the book of its year, garnering extraordinary acclaim in Britain, America and Europe.
This superb collection of stories, previously published in anthologies and newspapers, shows Penelope Fitzgerald at her very best. From the tale of a young boy in seventeenth-century England who loses a precious keepsake and finds it frozen in a puddle of ice, to that of a group of buffoonish amateur Victorian painters on a trip to Brittany, these stories are characteristically wide-ranging, enigmatic and very funny. They are each miniature studies of the endless absurdity of human behaviour.