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Book Club – Human Voices by Penelope Fitzgerald – Thursday, 16th July 2020 @6.45pm

Date: July 16 @ 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm

Thursday, 16th July 2020

Human Voices by Penelope Fitzgerald


‘Of all the novelists of the last quarter-century, she has the most unarguable claim on greatness.’ (Philip Hensher)


The human voices of Penelope Fitzgerald’s 1980 novel are those of the BBC at Broadcasting House in London in the first years of World War II – the time when the concert hall was turned into a dormitory for both sexes and the whole building was under nightly attack by the Luftwaffe. Resisting Government pressure the BBC strove to give an impartial account of the progress of the war and the 9 o’clock news, however unpalatable, was delivered on time to a waiting nation.

Fitzgerald, then in her mid-twenties, worked for the BBC as a features producer and she draws on her wartime experiences to produce a novel that, in her inimitably elegant and idiosyncratic style, combines both comedy and pathos.

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