The Bookshop

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This is a sumptuous cinematic adaptation of Penelope Fitzgerald's celebrated 1978 novel, which tells the story of Florence Green's ultimately doomed attempt to re-energise an out of touch rural townsfolk through the dissemination of some of the most stirring literature of the day.

Florence (Emily Mortimer) decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop, a decision which becomes a political minefield. Leaving grief and a dead husband in the past, she takes life into her own hands by opening a bookshop in Hardborough, a quiet Anglian town, and one sheltered from the social and sexual revolutions taking place in the far away urban centres.

Through works of fiction such as Nabokov's ‘Lolita’ and Ray Bradbury's ‘Fahrenheit 451’, she stirs long buried feelings in the townsfolk and in particular in the reclusive Mr Brundish (Bill Nighy) with whom she subsequently strikes up a deep bond. But her actions bring the wrath of the controlling, vengeful Violet Gamart (Patricia Clarkson), a local social doyenne who is jealously affronted by the changes our heroine has affected.