The previously uncollected occasional prose of a great English writer – full of wit, feeling and illumination.
‘Twice in your life you know that you are approved of by everyone: when you learn to walk and when you learn to read.’
Surprising, wonderfully funny, definitive, this is a major collection of Penelope Fitzgerald’s reviews, essays and autobiographical writings.
Includes pieces on contemporary novelists Giles Foden, Anne Enright, Carol Shields, Rose Tremain, Roddy Doyle; on classic writers Muriel Spark, A.E. Housman, Rose Macaulay, M.R. James, Stevie Smith, Dorothy L. Sayers; on remembering her grandfather E.H. Shepard; on her love of Devon and Spain and William Morris; on writers in their old age; and witty and poignant recollections of her schooldays, her life on a Thames barge, her childhood in Hampstead and the ghost who lived next door but one.
Includes an introduction by Hermione Lee
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‘This generous selection of essays, reviews, introductions and other occasional writings proves yet again that stylistically, intellectually and morally Fitzgerald couldn’t put a foot wrong if she’d tried. Hers is an impeccable and unique voice not just from another century but another world.’ Michael Dibdin, Books of the Year, Daily Telegraph
‘Remarkable. It is the range of her scholarship that impresses.’ Doris Lessing, Books of the Year, Daily Telegraph
‘Of all the novelists in English of the last quarter-century, Penelope Fitzgerald has the most unarguable claim to greatness.’ Philip Hensher, Spectator
‘An intelligent writer, superbly and unfailingly so. Wise and funny, with a dry wit allied to a great emotional sympathy.’ Sunday TimesAbout the Author:
Penelope Fitzgerald was one of the most distinctive voices in British literature. The prizewinning author of nine novels, three biographies, one collection of short stories, she died in 2000.
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Book Description Flamingo, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110007136420