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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0395478049
ISBN-13: 9780395478042
Sku: 30291967
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.75L x 0.5T
Pages:  144
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A Booker Prize-winning story offers a stunning portrait of a group of eccentrics living in houseboats on the river Thames and describes how their disparate lives intertwine and complicate matters for everyone. Reprint. 50,000 first printing. *Author: Fitzgerald, Penelope *Publication Date: 1998/04/03 *Number of Pages: 141 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.75 *Height: 8.50
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On the Battersea Reach of the Thames, a mixed bag of eccentrics lives in houseboats. Belonging to neither land nor sea, they belong to one another. How each of their lives complicates the others is the stuff of this perfect little novel. Winner of a 1997 Booker Prize.A Booker Prize-winning story offers a stunning portrait of a group of eccentrics living in houseboats on the river Thames and describes how their disparate lives intertwine and complicate matters for everyone. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
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OFFSHORE is a love story set among a community of barge-dwellers on the Thames, where Fitzgerald herself lived with her family in the 1960s. The novel won the Booker Prize in 1979. THE GATE OF ANGELS, also known as THE BLUE FLOWER, tells the story of an idealistic man who is the lover and mentor of a 12-year-old girl with whom he is obsessed. Upon her death three years later, she becomes his muse. This novel is based on the life of the German romantic poet Novalis (Friedrich von Hardenberg, 1772-1801), whose major work was a novel describing the artist's search for a "blue flower."
Author Bio
Penelope Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald's father was the editor of Punch, and she grew up in a lively, distinguished, and highly literary household. She received first-class honors at Oxford in 1939, was married in 1941, and had three children. She and her improvident, intermittently alcoholic husband lived in a succession of places that included an oyster warehouse, a seaside artists' colony, a houseboat on the Thames (which sank), and public housing. Over the course of 30 years, she held a variety of undistinguished jobs while she was raising her children, including one "carrying records about" at the BBC. As one of her daughters put it, "Many of the instances in her books are about people managing and coping and making do, and that comes from her own life." Fitzgerald wrote biographies, but she was most celebrated for her short, demanding, increasingly spare, and often autobiographical novels, which she did not begin publishing until she was 60. She began writing only when her own writer-father was dead and her husband was dying of cancer; she wrote, she said, "to divert him." Her 1980 novel, OFFSHORE, won the Booker Prize. Fitzgerald died at the age of 83, with her career in full bloom.

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0144
Product attributePublisher:   Mariner Books
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