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Offshore

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But to sell your craft, to leave the Reach, was felt to be a desperate step, like those of the amphibians when in earlier stages of the world's history, they took ground. The storyline was to my mind disjointed, and whole chunks of the narrative seemed to be put in just to display the author’s knowledge of boats/ Thames barge houseboats.

Its shabby-genteel 1960s setting, which could have been any non-wartime decade from the 20s to the 80s, felt like the world of many books I read as a child and teenager. Richard, perhaps the only successful person among them, insists on living on Lord Jim even though he could afford to move on land. Her last novel, The Blue Flower, was the most admired novel of 1995, chosen no fewer than nineteen times in the press as the ‘Book of the Year’. Believe it or not the whole above is conducted without the other aware of any double entendre although it's clearly intentional - on the part of our author. Quite different from one another, they are nonetheless linked by a common suspicion of land-bound life, and by their willingness to share each other's problems.

It had glowing reviews and Fitzgerald was quite recently celebrated with a reissue of this and her other Booker-nominated works. The next day Richard is attacked by Harry and so badly injured he needs emergency surgery to save his life.

Those experiences--including the sinking of their boat--served as the inspiration for Offshore: A Novel, a short spare novel that won the Booker Prize in 1979. I like the way Penelope Fitzgerald draws people, as well as the kind of people she has chosen to draw—outsiders, those who are down and out. I do however find it fascinating each year when the Booker long list and short list are announced - what has made it on, how are these things chosen?Living on those dilapidated houseboats, neither out at sea nor on the land but stuck between, these resilient personalities are not to be pitied.



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