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Offshore, Human Voices, the Beginning of Spring
By Penelope Fitzgerald and John Bayley (introduced by)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Everymans Library
Publication date September 1, 2003
Pages 440
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781400041251
ISBN-10 1400041252
Dimensions 1 by 5.25 by 8.25 in.
Weight 1.20 lbs.
Original list price $25.00
Summaries and Reviews
A trio of novels by the award-winning novelist includes, Offshore, about an eccentric group of misfits living on barges on the Thames in the 1960s; Human Voices, a behind-the-scenes look at the BBC during World War II; and The Beginning of Spring, about a struggling English printer living in Moscow just before the Revolution. 15,000 first printing. description: Product Description:

After publishing her first novel in 1977 at the age of sixty-one, Penelope Fitzgerald (1916-2000) went on to become one of the most remarkable and highly acclaimed English writers of the last century. Each of the three novels gathered here vividly and unforgettably conjures up an entire world.


The Booker Prize-winning novel Offshore limns the marginal existence of an eccentric assortment of barge dwellers on the Thames in the early 1960s, a group of misfits who are drawn to life on the muddy river in exile from the world of the landlocked. Human Voices takes us behind the scenes at the BBC during World War II, as world-weary directors and nubile young assistants attempt to save Britain’s heritage and keep Britons calm in the face of a feared German invasion. In The Beginning of Spring, a struggling English printer living in Moscow in 1913 is abandoned by his wife and left alone to care for his three young children in the face of the impending revolution.


Fitzgerald is a genius of the relevant detail and the deftly sketched context, and these narrative gems are marvels of compassion, wit, and piercing insight.

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9781400041251 | details & prices | 440 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $25.00
About: Includes three novels: 'Offshore,' about a group of misfits in 1960s London, 'Human Voices,' a look at the BBC during World War II, and 'The Beginning of Spring,' about a printer living in Moscow before the Revolution.

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