National Book Critics Circle Awardâ€“winning author Penelope Fitzgerald's The Bookshop is "a marvelously piercing fiction" (Times Literary Supplement), short-listed for the Booker Prize.
With an Introduction by David Nicholls, international best-selling author of One Day.
In 1959 Florence Green, a kindhearted widow with a small inheritance, risks everything to open a bookshopâ€”the only bookshopâ€”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 neighborsâ€™ lives, she crosses Mrs. Gamart, the local arts doyenne. Florenceâ€™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 isnâ€™t always a town that wants one.
Basis for the major motion picture starring Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, and Patricia Clarkson.