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The Bookshop

  • 113 mins
  • Dir: Isabel Coixet
  • Cast includes: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson
  • Cert: PG

Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s celebrated 1978 novel, The Bookshop tells the story of an attempt to re-energise a sleepy, 1950’s English town through the dissemination of some of the most stirring literature of the day.

Florence Green, a free-spirited widow, puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up the first bookshop in Hardborough. But this mini social revolution soon brings her fierce enemies. She invites the hostility of the town’s less prosperous shopkeepers and also crosses Mrs. Gamart, Harborough’s vengeful, embittered alpha female who is a wannabe doyenne of the local arts scene.