The human voices of Penelope Fitzgerald's novel are those of the BBC in the first years of the Second World War, the time when the Concert Hall was turned into a dormitory for both sexes and the whole building became a target for the enemy bombers.
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‘Reading a Penelope Fitzgerald novel is like being taken for a ride in a peculiar kind of car. Everything is of top quality – the engine, the coachwork and the interior all fill you with confidence. Then, after a mile or so, someone throws the steering-wheel out of the window.’ Sebastian Faulks
‘Wise and ironic, funny and humane, Fitzgerald is a wonderful, wonderful writer.’ David Nicholls
‘Of all the novelists of the last quarter-century, she has the most unarguable claim on greatness. [It has been] a career we, as readers, can only count ourselves lucky to have lived through.’ Philip Hensher, Spectator
‘One of the pleasures of reading Penelope Fitzgerald is the unpredictability of her intelligence, which never loses its quality, but springs constant surprises, and if you make the mistake of reading her fast because she is so readable, you will miss some of the best jokes. This is a very funny novel.’ The Times
‘Comic, and sometimes extraordinarily sad.’ A.S. Byatt, TLSFrom the Publisher:
From the reviews of Human Voices
"One of the pleasures of reading Penelope Fitzgerald is the unpredicatability of her intelligence, which never loses its quality but springs constant surprises, and if you make the mistake of reading her fast because she is so readable, you will miss some of her best jokes. I wish it were longer...for it is certainly a very funny novel about the BBC, and that in itself is an occasion for joy." Michael Ratcliffe, The Times
"A delightfully whimsical account of life in Portland Place during the London blitz...there are some very funny incidents and passages, and delicious insights into the quirkiness of human behaviour under stress." Nina Bawden, Daily Telegraph
"It is hard to describe the peculiar quality of Penelope Fitzgerald's gift. Human Voices is comic, and sometimes extraordinarily sad... I enjoyed it very much." A.S.Byatt, TLS
"Made me laugh out loud as I have hardly done since Cold Comfort Farm. Brilliantly funny." Marghanita Laski, Country Life
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