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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (390 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Penelope Fitzgerald Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It is 1912, and at Cambridge University the modern age is knocking at the gate. In lecture halls and laboratories, the model of a universe governed by the mind of God is at last giving way to something wholly rational, a universe governed by the laws of physics. To junior fellow Fred Fairly, this comes as a great comfort. Science, he is certain, will soon explain everything. Mystery will be routed by reason, and the demands of the soul will be seen for what they are, a distraction and an illusion.

Into Fred’s orderly life comes Daisy, with a bang—literally. One moment the two are perfect strangers; the next, they are casualties of a freakish accident, occupants of the same warm bed. Fred has never been so close to a woman before, one so pretty, so plainspoken, and yet so mysterious. Is she a manifestation of chaos, or a sign of another kind of order?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Vibrant with wonderful characters, ablaze with ideas.”

    Washington Post

  • “[A] love story and a novel of ideas…a blend of the hilarious, the out-of-kilter, and the intellectually and emotionally provocative…[Fitzgerald’s] characters, as ever, are originals, and even the minor players are memorable.”


  • “Gilbert could have written this and Sullivan set it to music. It shows an Edwardian university at Cambridge at its eccentric best. There are so many characters that are a delight…Fitzgerald is the only author I know of who regularly gets reviews pleading her to write longer books.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “Contains more wit, intelligence and feeling than many novels three times its length. It confirms Fitzgerald’s place as one of the finest and most entertaining novelists writing in England today.”

    Observer (London)

  • “This is an achievement—a metaphysical novel which is entertaining, brief, and a love story. The book’s shortness and sparseness, combined with the complexity of its concerns, is a miracle of technique.”

    Times (London)

  • “Fitzgerald displays a grace and wit that put her on equal footing with such better-known peers as Muriel Spark…Fitzgerald’s writing has a depth, resonance and delicacy that create a sense of genuine comedy rather than of farce.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Nadia May winks her way through this presentation with true storyteller’s aplomb.”


  • A 1990 Man Booker Prize Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Carey Combe | 1/22/2014

    " Confusing, boring and uninteresting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Anna George | 1/14/2014

    " Interesting little story, well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bobbi Dahlin | 12/17/2013

    " Fun read. Fitzgerald's characters have a history of their own before the story starts and are slightly conflicted, and she lets the reader into their heads a little but doesn't keep us there. The way each chapter starts with a different person or time or focus than the last was surprising, but not at all disorienting, and her way of dealing with the scienctific-unobservable tension in Fred Fairly's life and thought was subtle, tasteful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jackie Simpson | 12/7/2013

    " Cambridge 1912 "

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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.