Author of the Month: Penelope Fitzgerald

In her second book The Knox Brothers, Penelope Fitzgerald wrote of her father and uncles ‘I suppose they were unusual, but I still think that they were right, and insofar as the world disagrees with them, I disagree with the world.’ She might just as well have been writing about herself. Her nine novels, numerous short stories and two volumes of biography marked her out as one of the most distinctive and powerful voices in 20th-century English literature.

Have a look at some of her books here, and come and browse them in person at Bury Place throughout March, where she will be our Author of the Month.

The Bookshop

Penelope Fitzgerald, introduction by David Nicholls

From the publisher:

Penelope Fitzgerald’s wonderful Booker-nominated novel.


Penelope Fitzgerald, introduction by Alan Hollinghurst

From the publisher:

Penelope Fitzgerald’s Booker Prize-winning novel of loneliness and connecting is set among the houseboat community of the Thames and has a new introduction from Alan ...

The Golden Child

Penelope Fitzgerald

From the publisher:

‘The Golden Child’, Penelope Fitzgerald’s first work of fiction, is a classically plotted British mystery centred around the arrival of the Golden Child at a London museum.


Penelope Fitzgerald, introduction by Julian Barnes

From the publisher:

A new edition of the Booker Prize winner Penelope Fitzgerald’s best-loved novel of romance in post-war Italy, with a new introduction by Julian Barnes.

At Freddie’s

Penelope Fitzgerald, introduction by Simon Callow

From the publisher:

From the Booker Prize-winner of ‘Offshore’ comes this entertaining tale of a chaotic stage school and its singular headmistress. With a new introduction by Simon Callow.

The Gate of Angels

Penelope Fitzgerald, introduction by Philip Hensher

From the publisher:

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It is 1912, and at Cambridge University the modern age is knocking at the gate.

The Beginning of Spring

Penelope Fitzgerald, introduction by Andrew Miller

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Shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It is March 1913, and the grand old city of Moscow is stirring herself to meet the beginning of spring. Change is in the air, ...

A House of Air: Selected Writings

Penelope Fitzgerald, introduction by Hermione Lee

From the publisher:

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY HERMIONE LEE The previously uncollected occasional prose of a great English writer – full of wit, feeling and illumination.

Human Voices

Penelope Fitzgerald, introduction by Mark Damazer

From the publisher:

From the Booker Prizewinning author of ‘Offshore’ and ‘The Blue Flower’; a funny, touching, authentic story of life at Broadcasting House during the Blitz.

The Blue Flower

Penelope Fitzgerald, introduction by Candia McWilliam

From the publisher:

From the Booker Prize-winning author of ‘Offshore’ comes this unusual romance between the poet Novalis and his fiancee Sophie, newly introduced by Candia McWilliam.

Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life

Hermione Lee

From the publisher:

Winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Biography 2014 Winner of the Plutarch Award for Best Biography New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year Penelope ...