Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy star in this lively period drama, based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s Booker Prize shortlisted novel.
Set in a small town in 1959 England, this is the story of a woman who decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop; a decision that becomes a political minefield.
Mortimer (The Sense of an Ending) portrays the free-spirited Florence Green, a widow who sets her grief aside to open her store in the seaside town of Hardborough. She struggles to establish herself but, by exposing the sheltered local townsfolk to the best literature of the day (including Nabokov’s scandalising Lolita), Florence opens their eyes and brings about a cultural awakening to a town that has not changed for centuries.
She finds an unlikely kindred spirit and ally in Mr. Brundish (Nighy, Their Finest BFF16) but this mini-revolution also brings fierce enemies, including Mrs. Gamart (Clarkson, Easy A), a self-interested civic leader. When Florence refuses to bend to Gamart’s will, there is a struggle not just for the bookshop but for the heart and soul of the town.