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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: September 2004 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandraks | 1/27/2014

    " I loved this short/long story. It pulled from the heart. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tamsen | 1/9/2014

    " This one just never really drew me in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 umberto | 1/9/2014

    " In fact, I read this novel published in an Everyman's Library hardcover and moderately enjoyed browsing the whole story since I didn't feel familiar with Penelope Fitzerald. However, I admired her idea regardng on initiating such the bookshop as the venue , its involved characters and and then its theme related to books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/6/2014

    " Wonderful, delightful, I'm a fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 12/27/2013

    " Wonderful, unsentimental writing about...uh, unsentimentality. And loneliness. And small towns. And failure. And, for reasons I'm still considering, Lolita. Brief and sharp and great in basically every way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 12/20/2013

    " Being a book group comprised of former booksellers (at the time) we enjoyed this book. It had some really good moments but was overall merely satisfactory. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicola | 12/8/2013

    " This tiny book was poignant and sweet. It caught a moment and a struggle perfectly. Really a novella, the tiny cast of characters was authentic and the setting (an isolated bit of rural England) crystal clear. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 11/17/2013

    " I will definitely read more of Fitzgerald. She says so very much without using too many words. I wasn't sure where our discussion for book club would go, but everyone was really engaged and had strong feelings for the Florence Green and the residents of Hardborough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 5/28/2013

    " Superb writing from my favourite writer. If you don't get Fitzgerald then you have missed something impressive. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 3/23/2013

    " This book was just disappointing. I thought it would be something of a cozy and it was far from that. Had a very unsatisfying ending. Characters somewhat sketchy. It did pass my 50 page rule but I wouldn't recommend it to anybody. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elle | 2/20/2013

    " I really did not care for it at all. I don't think I would suggest this book to any of my friends. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Niesha | 12/30/2012

    " I kept waiting for something to happen. Sadly, even the 'rapper' in the shop didn't provide an excitement. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barb | 8/15/2012

    " Yes, the writing in this was lovely. Very descriptive, nice turn of phrase. But the story? So unsatisfying and frankly mean. At the end the main character shakes her head at the futility of the past ten years. At the end, I shook my head at the futility of the time spent on those 123 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew | 12/6/2011

    " A sheer delight. I plan to look up more by Fitzgerald. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsty Darbyshire | 10/1/2011

    " I definitely like Penelope Fitzgerald's style - I'm never quite sure where things are going to go next. This one is about Florence Green's attempt to bring a bookshop to a late 1950s market town. Short on pages but rambling on story. A little strange all around, but enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caitlyn | 6/5/2011

    " One of the most depressing books I've ever read. Thank goodness it was short. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 5/4/2011

    " Well written but extremely depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darla | 5/3/2011

    " Small book, a view of a short time in the life of a woman who owns a bookshop. I wish the book were longer, developed the characters more, what went on before and after this window in time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisabeth | 2/2/2011

    " Fun look at how horrible small-minded people can be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/12/2011

    " I will definitely be reading more books by Penelope Fitzgerald. It made me laugh out loud several times, but isn't really a comedy at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Djdee | 1/3/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book.Very short.Nicely written and interesting ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsty | 12/8/2010

    " I definitely like Penelope Fitzgerald's style - I'm never quite sure where things are going to go next. This one is about Florence Green's attempt to bring a bookshop to a late 1950s market town. Short on pages but rambling on story. A little strange all around, but enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ki | 11/8/2010

    " A very interesting little read I would recommend. The pace of the writing is slow (comparatively speaking) but the book is itty-bitty short, and interesting. It is certainly worth a try. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 10/20/2010

    " I will definitely read more of Fitzgerald. She says so very much without using too many words. I wasn't sure where our discussion for book club would go, but everyone was really engaged and had strong feelings for the Florence Green and the residents of Hardborough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudia | 9/6/2010

    " A widoe risks everything to open a bookshop in an English seaside town....this plot alone is the perfect setting for a novel.....try it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 RH | 9/2/2010

    " I don't remember why I didn't like this one as well as her others. "

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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.