Human Voices

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Flamingo, 1980 - Broadcasting - 143 pages
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The human voices of Penelope Fitzgerald's novel are those of the BBC in the first years of the Second World War, the time when the Concert Hall was turned into a dormitory for both sexes, the whole building became a target for enemy bombers, and in the BBC - as elsewhere - some had to fail and some had to die.

It does not pretend to be an accurate history of Broadcasting House in those years, but 'one is left with the sensation,' as William Boyd said, reviewing it in the London Magazine, 'that this is what it was really like.

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User Review  - Peter Caron - Goodreads

If you have not yet read Penelope Fitzgerald (or maybe not even have heard of her) do yourself a favor and set aside some time (her books are not long) and read her. She is probably the best writer ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lynda - Goodreads

Currently reading alongside Hermione Lees biography. It begins thus : "Inside Broadcasting House, the Department of Recorded Programmes was sometimes called the Seraglio because its Director found he ... Read full review

About the author (1980)

Penelope Fitzgerald was the author of nine novels, three of which - The Bookshop, The Beginning of Spring and The Gate of Angels - were shortlisted for the Booker. She won the prize in 1979 for Offshore. A superb biographer and critic, she was also the author of lives of the artist Burne-Jones, the poet Charlotte Mew and The Knox Brothers, a study of her remarkable family.
She died in 2000.

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