Hermione Lee on Penelope Fitzgerald in Bath

Tuesday 3rd December 2013

  • Venue The Bookshop, The Paragon, Bath, BA1 5LS
  • Doors open 7.45pm
  • Start time 8pm
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Penelope Fitzgerald’s scatty public persona and fine imitation of an absent-minded old lady skilfully concealed the razor-sharp intelligence and boundless imagination that inspired masterpiece after masterpiece, including the modern classics The Blue Flower and the Booker Prize-winning Offshore. Hermione Lee, whom Fitzgerald herself greatly admired, brings us the first outstanding biography of this remarkable writer, delving into the hidden realms of Fitzgerald’s mysterious life.

First published at the age of sixty, it would take twenty years for Fitzgerald’s novels to be widely recognised as works of astounding subtlety. Esteemed writer, Hermione Lee masterfully pursues the author’s life and writings, with an infectious interest that will leave both fans and newcomers to Fitzgerald’s writing spellbound.