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5.0 out of 5 stars 'I'm Sorry I'm Late, But My House Sank'
It was not until the renowned author Penelope Fitzgerald was sixty years old that she became a published novelist - but why did it take so long for this marvellous writer to attain her goal? Hermione Lee's excellent biography, along with many other interesting details, reveals the answer to this question. Penelope Fitzgerald was born Penelope Knox in 1916, into an...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well written interesting first 56%
I enjoyed the first half of this book with its interesting detail and insights into Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life. I chose this book because I was interested in the reasons for publishing a first book at age 60. The second half of the book seems to consist of a tedious synopsis of each of the books Penelope Fitzgerald wrote, with little bits of opinion and tenuous links to...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a novel, 11 Feb. 2014
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Excellent biography of a writer who comes over as a difficult person to love in spite of the many literary plaudits.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 27 Jan. 2015
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thoroughly researched, fascinating, tragic and uplifting life story
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book was excellent in every way., 31 Dec. 2013
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Wonderfully written, and descriptive of Penelope Fitzgerald's life and work. Hermione Lee at her very best. A superb biography. A must buy!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 19 Dec. 2014
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Present so cannot fully comment!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 Dec. 2014
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All fine - thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 24 Sept. 2014
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Beautiful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It seems clear that her family have kept plenty back and this helped to predecessors of the enigma of the great novelist., 11 Aug. 2014
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A dense biography, chosen by my local book group. All of us found the initial chapters dealing with Fitzgerald's parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins a bit off putting. We depressed used that a fair bit of editing was needed. However once the biography got to Fitzgerald herself it was fascinating and well written. It seems clear that her family have kept plenty back and this helped to predecessors of the enigma of the great novelist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 18 Jan. 2014
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The parcel arrived promptly and in good condition. This is an unusual story, but very well written, and I would recommend it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Penelope Lee A LIfe by Hermione Lee, 5 April 2014
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This is a book club selection. We have delayed reading it until the autumn because if is too expensive until it comes out in paperback, and not everybody has kindles which makes the book a bit cheaper
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