The Beginning of Spring -

The Beginning of Spring

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New cover reissue of Penelope Fitzgerald's Booker Prize-shortlisted novel shortlisted for the 1988 booker prize Frank Reid had been born and brought up in Moscow. His father had emigrated there in the 1870s and started a print-works which, by 1913, had shrunk from what it was when Frank inherited it. In that same year, to add to his troubles, Frank's wife Nellie caught the train back home to England, without explanation. How is a reasonable man like Frank to cope? How should he keep his house running? Should he consult the Anglican chaplain's wife? Should he listen to the Tolstoyan advice of his chief book-keeper? How do people live together, and what happens when, sometimes, they don't?

Product code: 9780006543701

ISBN 9780006543701
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H198xW129xS21
No. Of Pages 256
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize.


It is March 1913, and the grand old city of Moscow is stirring herself to meet the beginning of spring. Change is in the air, and nowhere more so than at 22 Lipka Street, the home of English printer Frank Reid.