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Penelope Fitzgerald

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Penelope Fitzgerald was one of the most elegant and distinctive voices in British fiction. She was the author of nine novels, three of which - 'The Bookshop', 'The Beginning of Spring' and 'The Gate of Angels' - were shortlisted for the Booker Prize. And she won the prize in 1979 for 'Offshore'. Her most recent novel, 'The Blue Flower', was the most admired novel of 1995, chosen no fewer than nineteen times in the press as the 'Book of the Year'. It won America's National Book Critics' Circle Award, and this helped introduce her to a wider international readership.

A superb biographer and critic, Penelope Fitzgerald was also the author of lives of the artist Edward Burne-Jones (her first book), the poet Charlotte Mew and The Knox Brothers - a study of her remarkable father Edmund Knox, editor of Punch, and his equally remarkable brothers.

Penelope Fitzgerald did not embark on her literary career until the age of sixty. After graduating from Somerville College, Oxford, she worked at the BBC during the war, edited a literary journal, ran a bookshop and taught at various schools, including a theatrical school; her early novels drew upon many of these experiences.

Genres: Literary Fiction
Non fiction
Anthologies containing stories by Penelope Fitzgerald
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Short stories
The Axe (1975)

Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1978) : The Bookshop
Booker Prize Best Novel winner (1979) : Offshore
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1988) : The Beginning of Spring
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1990) : The Gate of Angels

Penelope Fitzgerald recommends
Equal Love (2000)
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Love for the Lost (2000)
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