The Bookshop giveaway

Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel of the same name, The Bookshop is set in 1959. Florence Green (Emily Mortimer), a free-spirited widow, puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop – the first such shop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough, England. Fighting damp, cold and considerable local apathy she struggles to establish herself but soon her fortunes change for the better.

By exposing the narrow-minded local townsfolk to the best and most daring literature of those times, she opens their eyes thereby causing a cultural awakening in a town which has not changed for centuries. And her activities bring her a kindred spirit and ally in the figure of Mr. Brundish (Bill Nighy) who is himself sick of the town’s stale conservatism. 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 (Patricia Clarkson), Hardborough’s vengeful, embittered alpha female who is herself a wannabe doyenne of the local arts scene.

When Florence refuses to bend to Gamart’s will, they begin a struggle not just for the bookshop but for the very heart and soul of the town.  PG from May 24.

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“Evokes the sensation of losing yourself in a good book. Emily Mortimer is simply perfect.” – One Room With A View

“Bill Nighy shines as Brundish.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“ A love letter to bookstores and courageous women.”CineEuropa

Thanks to Transmission Films, we have 5 double in-season passes to give away. For a chance to win, email us at with the answer to these simple questions: Is there a bookshop still operating in your locality? And what’s its name? Note: there is no “correct” answer, but please don’t tell us “Amazon”. Make sure you give us your name and postal address for the tickets. Entries close midday Monday May 21.


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