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Extended Audio Sample The Bookshop (Unabridged), by Penelope Fitzgerald
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,590 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Penelope Fitzgerald Narrator: Donada Peters Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1959 Florence Green, a kindhearted widow with a small inheritance, risks everything to open a bookshop, the only bookshop, in the seaside town of Hardborough. By making a success of a business so impractical, she invites the hostility of the town's less prosperous shopkeepers. By daring to enlarge her neighbors' lives, she crosses Mrs. Gamart, the local arts doyenne. Florence's warehouse leaks, her cellar seeps, and the shop is apparently haunted. Only too late does she begin to suspect the truth: a town that lacks a bookshop isn't always a town that wants one. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amy | 2/20/2014

    " Charming and lovely and insightful. It's a small book but it packs a punch of wonderful details that breathe life into such everyday but intriguing characters. I adore Mr. Brundish and laughed outloud when Florence called Mr. Thornton a coward! Milo reminded me of the Cheshire Cat--vexing and frustrating and fascinating all at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Melanie | 2/13/2014

    " Very Barbara Pym-esque, only with the added allure of starting a bookshop. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dala | 2/9/2014

    " Fitzgerald creates memorable characters in few words in her story of a middle-aged woman who makes reality of her dream to open a bookshop. However, the dream is dashed by local resistance to her project. A fast, satisfying read.*** "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rowena | 2/6/2014

    " A simple story of a widow trying to open a bookstore in her small town while being met with so much opposition. Nothing really spectacular happens in the book but it was interesting to see how a small town operates. The story is definitely very realistic. I enjoyed some of the characters, especially the children. A very quick read. "

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About the Author
Author Penelope Fitzgerald

Penelope Fitzgerald (1916–2000) was an English novelist, poet, essayist, and biographer who embarked on her literary career at the age of fifty-eight and later earned much popular and critical acclaim, winning a Booker Prize and a National Book Critics Circle Award.