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... show more
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.
Publish date: September 15th 1997
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co.
Pages no: 123
Edition language: English
This lovely little book was recently made into a major motion picture, with a star-studded cast. I enjoyed the film very much, but after seeing it, I had to read the book. My newest review of "The Bookshop" by Penelope Fitzgerald also discusses which was better – the book or the movie – and you can ...
"In man's struggle against the world, bet on the world.” - Franz Kafka Here's a charming story set in 1959 about a middle-aged English woman who decides to open her town's first book shop. Sleepy and set in its ways, the town and its inhabitants range in their reactions, with Florence picking up one...
An incredibly dull book with a promising premise. The pacing was dreadful and it was hard to follow. I can't imagine recommending it.
A good friend of mine is going to make her dream real. After years spent working as a bookshop assistant all around Italy, she will finally open her own bookshop in her hometown on next autumn. This is what I call a brave decision given the state bookselling is in in these days. One may say that the...
What a fantastic book - even the terrible, TERRIBLE ending!!! Oh, so sad....Bah, small towns. But boy, Florence made a run at it. Love the wry (perfect word, Elizabeth!) humour throughout, and the letters between Florence and her good-for-nothing lawyer, hah!So I guess this would be equal parts d...