Offshore

Penelope Fitzgerald (Author) Alan Hollinghurst (Introduction by)
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Winner of the Booker Prize

On the Battersea Reach of the Thames, a mixed bag of the slightly disreputable, the temporarily lost, and the patently eccentric live on houseboats, rising and falling with the great river's tides. Belonging to neither land nor sea, they cling to one another in a motley yet kindly society. There is Maurice, by occupation a male prostitute, by happenstance a receiver of stolen goods. And Richard, a buttoned-up ex-navy man whose boat dominates the Reach. Then there is Nenna, a faithful but abandoned wife, the diffident mother of two young girls running wild on the waterfront streets.

It is Nenna's domestic predicament that, as it deepens, draws the relations among this scrubby community together into ever more complex and comic patterns. The result is one of Fitzgerald's greatest triumphs, a novel the Booker judges deemed "flawless."

"A marvelous achievement: strong, supple, humane, ripe, generous, and graceful." --Sunday Times

Product Details

Price: $15.99  $14.71
Publisher: Mariner Books
Published Date: October 14, 2014
Pages: 208
Dimensions: 5.2 X 0.6 X 7.9 inches | 0.4 pounds
ISBN: 9780544361515
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About the Author

PENELOPE FITZGERALD (1916-2000) was one of the most elegant and distinctive voices in British fiction. She won the National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction for The Blue Flower, the Booker Prize for Offshore, and three of her novels -- The Bookshop, The Gate of Angels, and The Beginning of Spring were short-listed for the Booker Prize.