Penelope Fitzgerald's acclaimed novel is brought to the big screen in a beautifully crafted production with heartfelt performances from a star cast. War widow Florence arrives in the seaside town of Hardborough in the late 1950s, with the plan of transforming a rundown property into a bookshop. She immediately attracts the ire of local grande dame, Violet, who has her own plans for the site. The reclusive Mr Brandish might be her one ally in a subtle, subversive tale of quiet determination in the face of a mountain of opposition and small town malice.
'Its subversive undercurrent, embodied in fine performances by Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy, is what makes it really interesting' - Jonathan Holland, Hollywood Reporter