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*** The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald

The Bookshop is a delightful, albeit sad story of a widow who, having opened a surprisingly successful bookshop in a small town in the 50’s, finds herself driven out of business and indeed out of town by the vengeful local gentry. The book describes the minute intrigues of a small town where everyone knows everyone else, and changes are not welcome. It also exposes the surprisingly strong class differences and how they play out. And of course it reminds us of a time not so long ago when a small town could function in utter isolation, controlled by antiquated rules and social structures.

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