The Bookshop

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The Bookshop
First edition
Author Penelope Fitzgerald
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Publisher Gerald Duckworth
Publication date
Pages 123 pp
ISBN 0-395-86946-3
OCLC 37155604
823/.914 21
LC Class PR6056.I86 B66 1997
Preceded by The Golden Child
Followed by Offshore

The Bookshop (1978) is a novel by Penelope Fitzgerald. The book was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.[1]


The novel, set mainly in 1959, centres around Florence Green, a middle-aged widow, who decides to open a bookshop in the small fictional town of Hardborough, Suffolk. The location chosen is the Old House, an abandoned, damp house said to be infested by ghosts. With many sacrifices, the business starts and grows for about a year, after which sales slump. Florence Green has a contention with the influential Mrs Gamart, who wanted to set up an arts centre in the Old House. Mrs Gamart's nephew, a member of Parliament, manages to pass a bill that empowered local councils to buy any historical building that had been left uninhabited for five years. Eventually also the Old House is purchased and Florence Green evicted.


  1. ^ "The Bookshop on Man Booker Prize". The Man Booker Prize. Retrieved 2012-02-20.