Penelope Fitzgerald

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Top 10 books about Florence
Seducing writers from Boccaccio to EM Forster, this city has given us gossipy and rich histories, and a shadowy backdrop to crime

Christobel Kent

26, Aug, 2020 @9:48 AM

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David Nicholls: 'Gifting books feels like changing the music at someone else’s party'
The author and screenwriter on being inspired by Tess of the D’Urbervilles, feeling gloomy over Moomins and rereading Franny and Zooey

David Nicholls

10, Aug, 2020 @11:00 AM

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Top 10 fictional takes on real lives
From Woody Allen reimagining Van Gogh as a dentist, to Marguerite Yourcenar’s Memoirs of Hadrian, the joint winners of the Republic of Consciousness prize select the best reimaginings

Will Eaves and Alex Pheby

03, Apr, 2019 @2:41 PM

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Andrew Miller: ‘Should I have read Don Quixote? War and Peace? Huckleberry Finn? Probably'
The novelist on why Penelope Fitzgerald is underrated and the book that changed his mind about science fiction

Andrew Miller

21, Dec, 2018 @10:01 AM

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Top 10 fictional booksellers
From Italo Calvino to Iain Sinclair and Alison Bechdel, literary retailers have been at the centre of some wild, dark dramas

Bartholomew Bennett

12, Dec, 2018 @10:33 AM

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Book clinic: which authors can be likened to Julian Barnes?
Comparisons to the Man Booker prize-winner are tricky, but our expert suggests an excellent starting point

Rachel Cooke

01, Sep, 2018 @5:00 PM

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The Bookshop review – boldly sombre drama puts Britain to rights
Emily Mortimer plays the quietly heroic shop owner at the heart of this fascinating Penelope Fitzgerald adaptation

Peter Bradshaw

29, Jun, 2018 @5:00 AM

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Penelope Lively picks five books about renewal
From horticulture to tsarist Russia, the novelist chooses works that represent new growth

Penelope Lively

26, Mar, 2018 @5:00 AM

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Penelope Fitzgerald's papers acquired by British Library
Curator says documents, which include unpublished diaries and notebooks for the author’s first novel, are ‘a great source to be mined’

Alison Flood

01, Dec, 2017 @2:53 PM

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Penelope Fitzgerald webchat with Hermione Lee – as it happened
The novelist’s acclaimed biographer – and an eminent literary figure herself – joined us to answer questions about her elusive subject

Sam Jordison

27, Jan, 2017 @2:03 PM

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How does Penelope Fitzgerald light up The Beginning of Spring?
Our second book from this amazing author has a less obscure subject than The Blue Flower, but how its author wove its narrative magic is no easier to say

Sam Jordison

17, Jan, 2017 @9:48 AM

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The Blue Flower's elusive magic
Penelope Fitzgerald’s subject is recondite, and her meaning hard to decipher – but she’s such an engaging writer that the reader won’t mind too much

Sam Jordison

10, Jan, 2017 @3:36 PM

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