Everything you need to understand or teach The Book Shop by Penelope Fitzgerald.
The Bookshop tells the story of the Old House Bookshop, Hardborough, East Anglia.
The Old House was a 500 year old house left derelict for years before widow Florence Green considers investing her inheritance in 1959 to buy it and renovate it into a bookstore for inhabitants of the seaside town.
Change comes slowly to places like Hardborough, and something as ambitious as a woman starting a business sets tongues wagging and minds racing. As soon as Florence has converted the Old House she discovers that the influential town socialite and patron of the arts, Mrs Violet Gamart, had plans to turn it into a cultural center.
Benefactors and detractors line up behind the two women as Florence goes about her business. Behind the scenes, Mrs. Gamart is whittling away at Florence's hold on the Old House. Inside the Old House, a demonstrative 'rapper' or poltergeist makes itself known.
The Book Shop Lesson Plans contain 101 pages of teaching material, including: