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At Freddie's
 

At Freddie's (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Fitzgerald, Penelope
Introduction by Callow, Simon

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Freddie's is the familiar name of the Temple Stage School, which supplies London's West End theaters with child actors for everything from Shakespeare to musicals to the Christmas pantomime. Its proprietress, Freddie Wentworth, is a formidable woman of unknown age and murky backg... read full description below.

ISBN 9780544359482
Barcode 9780544359482
Published 14 October 2014 by Mariner Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780544359482
ISBN-10 0544359488
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Mariner Books
Imprint Mariner Books
Publication Date 14 October 2014
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Fitzgerald, Penelope
Introduction by Callow, Simon
Category Modern Fiction
Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 132mm
Height: 201mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 204g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress London (England), Humorous fiction, Child actors, Fiction, Acting teachers
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Freddie's is the familiar name of the Temple Stage School, which supplies London's West End theaters with child actors for everything from Shakespeare to musicals to the Christmas pantomime. Its proprietress, Freddie Wentworth, is a formidable woman of unknown age and murky background who brings anyone she encounters under her spell -- so common an occurrence that it is known as being Freddied. At her school, we meet dour Pierce, a teacher hopelessly smitten with enchanting Hannah; Jonathan, a child actor of great promise, and his slick rival Mattie; and Joey Blatt, who has wicked plans to rescue Freddie's from insolvency. Up to its surprising conclusion, At Freddie's is thoroughly beguiling.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A work of immense poise and dignity, but warmth and humor, too... This is definitely one of the most charming - but strongly textured - novels anyone will read in a long while. Booklist, ALA Fiztgerald is a deft and nimble writer...[who] displays the English gift for understatement. Her apt phrases are tossed off casually; her humor is flicked at us airily. [At Freddie's] is intriguing to the end. The Washington Post Mrs. Fitzgerald's special talent is stylistic, a mannered comic dryness that relishes absurdities without dwelling on them too long: she moves at speed, is full of dry observations and inventions, and at her best is very funny. -- Anthony Thwaite Observer

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Author's Bio

PENELOPE FITZGERALD (1916-2000) was one of the most elegant and distinctive voices in British fiction. She won the National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction for The Blue Flower, the Booker Prize for Offshore, and three of her novels -- The Bookshop, The Gate of Angels, and The Beginning of Spring -- were short-listed for the Booker Prize.

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